Fieldwork-diary – Láhpoluoppal (June/July 2017)
The first edition of Lyd-ID is happening close to a small village in Finnmark county. For 3 weeks, I’m living alone in a tent while doing recordings of the nature surrounding the camp. I’ve travelled here by car, and I’m working weekdays, driving back to Alta during weekends to recharge the equipment and myself 🙂
The photos are taken by me with my phone. Some pictures are screenshots from Snapchat, so beware the quality.
The fieldwork-diary is published here, on facebook and on snapchat.
I went searching for a camp today. I drove for a few hours, saw a beautiful rainbow, found a random dirt road and ended up with a super campsite.
After some walking I found a spot with a nice view (where I can fish). Perfect! My tent is in an area with a lot of trees and swamps as well, which means bugs and a lot of birds.
I’m excited for tomorrow!
I woke up in a heated tent, which means that I enjoyed my breakfast with the sun in my face. I explored the campsite and did some recording as well. I’m very excited about the whole thing, and I’m extra enthusiastic about the birds! I think that I’ll be able to collect some interesting material, and that makes me happy.
The recordings are the most important work that I’m doing during this fieldwork, but I’m also filming and taking pictures.
I went fishing this evening. I have no fish to brag about, but it was a beautiful scenery. I’m now back at the camp. I’ve lit a fire because it’s getting colder, and I’m enjoying my outdoorsy lifestyle.
Let me start this post by showing a picture of myself:
The weather did a change for the worse last night. My tent was covered in snow when I went to bed, and the night was super cold. I didn’t get much sleep last night, but due to a rainy day I was able to sleep a bit during daytime.
The rain makes it difficult for me to work. My equipment can’t take a lot of rain, so therefor I’ve been running in and out of the tent today. A boring activity to be honest!
I’m now by the fire doing some evening-recordings of birds, the fire and myself. Oh, and it’s snowing again.
Did I mention that it’s the end of June?
Today was a windy day! I had a lot of fun recording, even though the wind made it a bit challenging. I was able to work more specific, focusing on wind-direction and the behaviour of trees, flowers, branches and so on … That was indeed very interesting!
It’s been cold today as well, so after doing the recordings I spent my time in the tent planning work for next week.
I’m defiantly happy with the results so far, and I feel that I’m getting to know the place. This week has been quite general, but I’m ready to be far more specific with my working-methods next week.
Alright, I’m back in Alta! I woke up this morning after another night with snow on the tent. So I ate breakfast, took the tent down and went back to my car.
I’m spending the weekend listening to the recordings and preparing for next week. I’m very pleased with my first week with Lyd-ID 🙂 Thank you all for following me so far!
Hello, I’m back at the campsite again! I had a super weekend which means that I’m warm and ready for another round of fieldwork.
To be honest; I was hoping for a more welcoming return to the camp, but the weather is the same. It was raining a lot when I arrived, but during the afternoon I was able to put up the tent and make myself comfortable. Yet while doing it, I saw a moose! It wasn’t that close to my camp, but it kept looking towards me for quite a while. I’m generally not that outdoorsy, so I have to admit that I was a bit stressed. I started singing, and luckily it ran away. I guess that says a lot about my voice 🙂
I didn’t manage to take a picture… ..that sucks.
I’m in the tent now, hopefully sleeping soon. I hope for less rain tomorrow!
So I woke up in the middle of the night to a lot of birds flying away from something. I stayed silent for a minute, trying to figure out what’s going on, and suddenly I heard the sound of a black grouse! I didn’t get a picture (or a recording) of that either, which was super annoying. But yes, it was exciting and a little bit nervous-ish.
The day started with a visit from NRK Finnmark. They filmed and interviewed me, so my fieldwork will be told about on television in the future 🙂 After they left, I started working as planned. My strategy worked well, and the recordings turned out to be the most interesting material so far!
I’ve also done some photographing. It’s not really my thing, but it’s nice to do something else and learn new things.
The temperature is warmer this week, and that helps a lot on the fieldwork and the mental part of being here alone..!
Today has been a very nice day! I woke up to the sound of mosquitoes, and that equals warm weather and the possibility for sun. I never thought I’d say it, but the mosquitoes made me happy.
I followed the same plan as yesterday for my recordings. To be more specific; I’m now doing a specific route over time to be aware of the changes for each day. Even though I started yesterday with that way of working, it’s already provided such contrasting and interesting material.
Everything is working great except from the battery on my videocamera. Living in a tent means no electricity, and when you need to charge something that doesn’t fit a powerbank either, no electricity is defiantly a disadvantage. The videocamera is very important in the process, so I had to recharge it by driving to Kautokeino. This was a very nice decision for myself!
Even though my weekends are spent in Alta, I start to feel quite lonely. There’s not a person nearby, and it’s getting very silent, especially when I feel that the fieldwork is slightly coming to an end. So, a hamburger at “Pitstop” as well as the presence of people was amazing! 🙂
The midnight sun was shining when I returned. That was an absolute joy!
I stayed up for a long time after arriving from Kautokeino, and the atmosphere at the campsite was very intriguing. The natural soundscape was silent, only coloured by birdsongs from a far distance. Because of this I decided to do the recording-session for tomorrow in the middle of the night instead. This was a great experience, and the most satisfying so far.
I woke up late after working last night. The battery on my videocamera needed to be charged again, so therefor I decided to drive back to Alta one day earlier than the original plan. I have to fix the battery-problem for next week, because I can’t drive back and forth like that. It interrupts!
Even though the battery is annoying me, I feel that round 2 of “Lyd-ID” has become more than I hoped for. Crowning the week with a session in the middle of the night turned out to be a great bonus for my sound-collection, and a special experience for me personally.
I arrived to a sunny campsite today. It was warm, a crazy amount of mosquitoes and a wonderful rainbow. That was defiantly a welcoming start to my third week of fieldwork! I did some photos of the rainbow and started working on my tent when it unfortunately began to rain.
I find it to be mentally draining with the rain. The feeling of being alone is also bothering me a bit, so I need to work with my mentality for the coming week.
So I did something positive for myself today. I made myself a bonfire 🙂
It eventually stopped raining while I chilled by the fire, so I decided to do a recording-session. I was feeling kind of tired, so I was pretty much staring at the view in front of me while letting my mind wander away while recording. Suddenly, I saw something huge moving in the woods, and it was a moose again. The moose didn’t mind me at all and disappeared very quickly, but just as the first one went away, a second one came. I tried to take some photos but it was too far away, and they both went in the opposite direction of my camp.
It’s intriguing to witness huge animals like that when camping alone. I also realize that I’m such a wimp, because I’m really not used to being alone like this.
I continued my recording-session and went to my tent afterwards.
I by the way spent some time with Altaposten last Friday. They wrote about my fieldwork and about Lyd-ID, and yesterday it was published in the newspaper (in Norwegian only).
#LydID #Round3 #FieldworkComingToAnEnd
I woke up a bit late today. It was windy and raining quite a bit, so I took my time in the tent and waited for the rain to stop.
When I came out of the tent, I was met with a crazy amount of mosquitoes! Until today, mosquitoes has meant sun and hot weather, but apparently, mosquitoes don’t mind cold temperature and wind at all. So for the very first time during my three weeks here, I had to wear my fashionable mosquito-net 🙂
The recording-sessions are at this point mostly about supplementing and improving the results that I already have. There’s no obvious or sudden changes in the general soundscape ..with some exceptions of course. Don’t get me wrong; I have defiantly not discovered everything during my stay here, but I think that I’ve at least discovered the obvious and important sounds colouring the local soundscape surrounding me.
It’s still very difficult to work with the rain, so I’m hoping badly for some nice weather before ending the fieldwork. That would be nice for the recordings and myself!
I’m also hoping for some varied wind-directions. There’s mostly wind coming from a north- og north-eastern direction, so it would be nice with a change so I can figure out how the trees and bushes behave, and if it sounds differently. It looks like Friday can be the day!
Tomorrow looks like another rainy day. I hope that’s wrong, but to be honest, it doesn’t look that good in the horizon.
#LydID #PercussionistsNeedSunAsWell #WhyDoesItAlwaysRainOnMe
I woke up to a lot of rain this morning, just like I predicted yesterday. #BecomingAWeatherman
I did some recordings from the tent, and I tried to find ways to record in the rain without risking my equipment. I didn’t come up with any amazing ideas to be honest, so it’s still difficult to record in the rain.
I also went for a walk and discovered a bird. I managed to take an amazing picture of it!
I think that we all have to conclude that I’m a horrible animal-photographer.
I eventually went back to my tent and listened to some of the recordings from this week. I’m pleased, and I’m excited to work with the material at home when the fieldwork is finished.
After a while I went to Kautokeino. I had to recharge the videocamera, and I also bought myself a very nice dinner at Thon Hotel. That was indeed a good activity in the rain! Later, I returned to the campsite and kept enjoying the rain from the inside of my tent (that’s still dry).
When I went to bed, it actually started snowing again. But tomorrow should be a sunny day, so I’m hoping for a productive (and enjoyable) day.
Oh, did I mention that it’s July now?
#LydID #TheSunHaveToShineTomorrow #MySkinFeelsGray
It was still raining when I woke up today. That made me very frustrated actually, and a bit stressed. I really needed good conditions and a lot of recording-sessions today. But after complaining a bit, the sun started to shine! I became extremely happy and ran around with my equipment. ..sometimes, it’s good to be alone 🙂
In the evening, I lit a fire and enjoyed life. That was a very nice moment for me, because tomorrow I’m going home. It feels strange that my fieldwork is done. Even though my stay has been a cold one with a lot of rain, snow and wind, it’s also been very nice.
I’m pleased with the material, and I feel very lucky to be able to work like this. Camping alone for such a long time has also been very nice. The whole thing has been a wonderful journey!
I’m ending my trip with this very moment. By the bonfire while enjoying the midnight sun warming my tent. Tomorrow, I’m returning home, but that’s not worth an update.
Thanks to all of you that has followed me on my journey. I’m going to have my summer vacation when I get home, but in August, I’ll be back.