°C wind chill: minus 2 degrees celsius,
wind speed: 25km/h,
wind direction: North Westerly
Clear blue skies in the Troms today, a perfect day to start recording. Being very icy underfoot made carrying our head mould and recording equipment a bit of a challenge but the breathtaking panoramic views of the Polar landscape enveloping Tromsoe was worth the frozen struggle.
Over excited as we surfaced over the peak of the mountain, we began digging through the hard crust in order to get to the softer snow underneath to fill our mould and make our first cast. Extremely high winds made the process very difficult, making binaural recordings impossible. We did manage, however, to take some still images of the snow head in its exposed position.
Finding a more sheltered spot to reorganise our strategy and equipment, our next recordings were most successful. We captured several video and binaural sound recordings of our head, including a reading of a poem by UK poet Matt Harvey, our coordinates and the natural sounds of the high winds battering the microphones and our own ears.
Back in base we are refueling with a quick meal and rest before heading out to an aurora borealis ‘hot spot’ with our fingers crossed, a thermos full of strong tea and our head mould.
Holly Owen & Kristina Pulejkova