Field recording session in Paanäjarvi -- Spring 2011

In the beginning of May Paanajärvi plunges into spring. The snow melts, the river breaks free from the ice and everyday new birds arrive, new insects overrun the swamps, closely followed by thousands of frogs. For the inhabitants it is time to go outdoor and resume their activities: preparation of the fields for the coming cultures, repairing and putting the row boats back in the river, fishing...

Due to the lack of industrial sound motifs the soundscape of Paanäjarvi is a nowadays rarely heard one. There are almost no motors, no electricity, no telecommunication lines, no roads nearby, even no flightpaths. Every sound is extremly clear and distinct. This gets reinforced by the strong echo created by the forest around the village.