This accompanies “Stony Lake Sounds” in The Islander (29, summer 2021), published by the Association of Ston(e)y Lake Cottagers. A scan of the piece is available as a 7 MB PDF, or here are two smaller page images. Thanks to the editor, Kate Bonnycastle, for being interested.
One Hour Each Side of Dawn is freely available on the Internet Archive. The one track is a field recording made at Stony Lake, Ontario of just what the title says: one hour each side of dawn, on 23 July 2020. There’s a PDF of liner notes.
The recordings were made on a Zoom H5 Handy Recorder or Sound Devices MixPre-6 with either the H5’s built-in microphones, Line Audio OM1 omnidirectional microphones or Jez riley French’s d-series hydrophones. Listening with headphones or full-size speakers will sound best.
One Hour Each Side of Dawn and Stony Lake Sounds (One) are both licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Stony Lake is on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Mississauga in the territory covered by the Williams Treaty.
Some starting points for more reading and listening:
- Bernie Krause, musician and soundscape ecologist (for example his book Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World)
- Chris Watson, musician and sound recordist (Bandcamp)
- Jana Winderen, musician and sound recordist (Bandcamp)
- Framework Radio (radio show and podcast; one hour weekly)
- Wildlife Sound Recording Society
- Aporee Sound Map (try uploading your own recording; there’s one on Juniper Island already)
If you make any field recordings on or near Stony Lake then I’d love to hear them.