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Hover Flies feature on a new CD track

 
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Charlie



Joined: 09 Dec 2007
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:17 pm    Post subject: Hover Flies feature on a new CD track Reply with quote

Hoverfly enthusiasts may be interested in a new piece of music that features hover flies all the way through.

As part of a recent project involving sounds of the local countryside I recorded hover flies in my garden at EX15 3LN (near the Somerset/Devon border), assembled them into an accompaniment and recorded a saxophone solo over the top.

The whole track may be downloaded free at http://www.myspace.com/charliesax
The other tracks on that page do not feature insects.

More information too about the track and the rest of the project, which also featured singing sheep and a swarm of wasps apparently attacking a clarinet player at
http://www.charliesax.co.uk/blackdown_voices/blackdownvoices.html

If anyone can identify any of the species on the recording I would be most interested.


Charlie Hearnshaw
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John O'Sullivan



Joined: 05 Oct 2005
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Location: Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK

PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Charlie,

Thanks, a great idea, and I was intrigued to hear that your hoverflies buzz in D! I honestly know nothing about any of this, but I would guess that it would be a mega-challenge to identify, with any consistency, species of hoverfly from their hum. I really would like to be proved wrong!

In case it helps, the pleasing image of the flying hoverfly looks to me like a Marmalade Hoverfly, Episyrphus balteatus (though the bars on the abdomen would normally be double!). It's common in country gardens - and many other places. Mind you, so is the appropriately named Drone-fly (Eristalis tenax). Whatever you've got there, they sound good.

And so does that very cool sax - a lot more relaxing than Coltrane!

John
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