a few years now I have been trying to describe on the blog what
Nimpo Lake sounds like when freezing up in the
fall and the different sound it makes when the ice starts to crack
in the spring when there are wide and varied
temperature differences. Unfortunately, describing the sounds
and actually hearing them are two different things.
The only way that you will be able to hear the sounds of the lake
under ice is if you have an external speaker system.
I have tried listening to these sounds on my lap top through its
speaker and can hear nothing. But if I use my external
speakers (plugged into the computer using a jack) with volume
and wave (you'll find the controls when you click on the
little speaker icon on your desktop or task bar) up to maximum,
the lake sounds are awesome and eerie. Put head
phones on for maximum effect.
The sounds that the ice makes when it grows going into winter
are high pitched and sound much like you would imagine
an alien ship to sound. Or, listen closely, and you may find the
sounds akin to whale song. In the spring, on the other
hand, the lake ice makes an entirely different sound. Low pitched
grumbling, groaning and muttering that I have often
compared to far off mortar fire or drums with the occasional shuffling
noise ice makes when a whole shelf of it cracks
and drops away from the rest of the lake ice.
Below is a mixture of fall and spring ice sounds and clicking
onto the icon will take you to a separate page
where I do my best to describe what it is. Some of these are large
downloads so pay attention to the size
listed. I'm only learning to use the video on my camera and really
am not sure which is the best sound format
to convert to, so you may see a mixture of mp3, avi and .wav formats.
Please give me some feedback on what
format works best for you over all.