Pack: Moerputten trough the year by klankbeeld

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About the (coming) recordings
I will record on one spot during a hole year. I want to know what the difference in sound is by recording once every month. I use natural area 'De Moerputten', a swamp in close to the city of 's-Hertogenbosch in Holland, for that.

Maybe it takes more than a year, because of the weather and wind and the mosquitoes there. It's not very friendly being there in spring and summer when the weather-conditions are great for audio recording (wind 0-3 bft). Once I had 25 mosquito bites in 15 minutes, just walking in and out the swamp. I walked in and ran out in my shorts. I'll ask a bee-keeper for help.

I use the Rode NT4 microphone in a Rode Blimp and record on a Sony PCM D50. EQ is done with Audacity on the same profile.
The spot is always the same: the spot with the green arrow .

Natural area 'de Moerputten'
Enclosed by rural area; 'Gement' 'Honderd Morgen' and 'Rijskampen and the city 's-Hertogenbosch in Holland, there is natural reserve 'de Moerputten'.

The low position of the regularly flooded area occurred previously peat formation, thick enough to be mined. This created two long swamp lakes. One is called 'de Moerputten' with the railway-bridge on the picture I am recording.

Traces of peat mining are still visible in the landscape. There are many so called 'legakkers' (lay acre; there where the workman put the peat for drying. The area is a prehistoric riverbed. The winning of peat by hand ended in 1920.

Because of the floods in the past 'de Moerputten' there was not much agricultural activity. That's why it is a small but beautiful protected area.

the Moerputtenbridge

This bridge is an old railway bridge that now is used as a part of walking-track. It's called 'de Moeputtenbrug' The old fire-plates are still on the steel bridge and you sometimes hear someone walk over it. It's build the end of the 19th century for the shoe-industry around the city of Waalwijk 20 km away. The railway track was called the 'Halve-zolen-lijn' by the locals, because pieces of leather were found along the tracks. The poor used these leather for there own shoes. A half-sole is also a named for a fool in Dutch. So other story's here tell that is was called the half-soles-line because of the numerous stops and level crossings (39) on this 46 km Railtrack. An other story about the name is that the railway-track was prepared for bubble track, but there was only one.

"De Moerputten" and its environment are part of 'het Maasdal' (valley if the river Maas). In earlier times rivers like 'Dommel' and 'Aa' with their tributaries and the 'Zandley' together ended in this valley.

The city 's-Hertogenbosch is located approximately at the lowest point of province Brabant. It is located in the 'Centrale Sleek' between 'Kempenrug' and 'Peelrug'. It forms a bowl in the landscape where much water remains, but also rich seepage water came up. In the area with the 'Gement' and the 'Bossche Broek' (south of the city) is the seepage water that comes from the 'Kempen' in Belgium, together with the seepage water of the river Maas (Meuse).

"The water that wells up is ten thousand years old and came fell down as rain. The Heineken beer brewery is using this water. The seepage creates a special environment for plants in this polder. Therefore here grows the rare 'Waterviolier' (Hottonia palustris) lives here”. That's what Rob Friend, The biologist of the environment, on March 5, 2002 wrote in the local newspaper.

The city is build on the high sandbank in the Maas-valley and 'relatively' safe.

  • Pack created on: Sept. 4, 2012, 10:56 a.m.
  • Number of sounds: 4
  • Number of downloads: 7

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