Soundscape Røst - Spaces and Species Vol I | Elin Már Øyen Vister


Soundscape Røst – Spaces and Species Vol I | Elin Már Øyen Vister
Gruen 204 | Vinyl (+ Digital) | Digital > [order]


Soundscape Røst-Spaces and Species Vol I is a unique collection of field recordings and soundscapes, from the Røst archipelago – 100 km into the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Nordland (NO/Sápmi). The album is a careful edited selection of hours and hours of sound material listened to and recorded between 2010 and 2011. The listener will experience a multitude of nature and sea-bird voices/spaces and acoustic moments, spanning from booming roars to the faintest of hums. You can listen to the song of the multitude of pelagic seabirds breeding in the Røst archipelago and the Nykan nature-reserve and the acoustic moments in time of their ocean-and land spaces they spend their time in every spring and summer, mating, breeding their chicks, socializing and coming and goings searching for food.The lowfrequenzy grunts of the Razor Bill, the song of the last Kittiwakes of Vedøya, the swarming of hundreds of Puffin wings and their ancient cowlike song and grunts in their nests in Hernyken nature reserve, The Eiders of Kårøysundet an early winter-spring morning and the sounds of the ebb and flow on the Northside of Røstlandet are amongst the soundscapes on Vol 1.


Vol I is eavesdropping to the rapidly changing soundscapes of one of Northern Europe most numerous seabird breeding colonies which has for half a century experienced an escalating dramatic decline of the pelagic seabird populations, resulting in the silencing of the bird mountains . Soundscape Røst also listen to and documents the acoustic realities of a marine land -and seascape over time and listens to nature-culture in an everlasting continuum of interdependency. The vinyl album is an integral part of the sound installation Soundscape Røst – The Listening Lounge, (2012) and is the first album in the Soundscape Røst triology.


Note to the reissue on Gruenrekorder.
Since the album was released in 2012, the decline in the seabird populations have escalated. During the summer of 2020 the bird mountain of Vedøya became silent. Statistically speaking there are no more Kittiwakes and Guillemot breeding on Vedøya. In 1980 there was approximately 1.5 million pairs of Puffins breeding in all of the Røst archipelago and on Vedøya alone, 12000 pairs of Guillemots and 25.000 pairs of Kittiwakes. Now the overall Puffin population is down to around less than 200.000 pairs and the few Guillemots left are hiding in small caves and crevices. The last Kittwakes of Røst are now clinging on in Kårøya and Gjellfruvær. If the decline continues, there will be no Puffins left in Røst by 2040.




1. Ebb and flow through seaweed 4.24
2. Kårøysundet early spring morning 4.08
3. The Kittiwakes of Kårøya 5.20
4. The birdcliffs of Vedøy 4.37
5. Seagulls on the south side of Storfjellet 3.00
6. Midsummer in Hernykens eastern skree 5.41


1. Ellevsnyken eastern skree 5.18
2. Ellevsnyken eastern skree II 5.00
3. A narrow pass, Hernyken nature reserve 5.41
4. A raft of seabirds 5.08
5. Puffins wheeling and swarming 6.34
6. Summer rain in midnightsun 6.44




MP3 | North 3
MP3 | South 4
MP3 | South 5


12 Tracks (53′30″)
Vinyl (300 copies)





Image credits
Dead Puffin chick: Jason Rosenberg
Elin Már and Almar in boat: Jason Rosenberg
Same for Elin recording, Jason Rosenberg
Kittiwakes and red house Photo by AHS
Elin Már listening/binaural recording session in birdmountains by Norith Eckbo
The Listening Lounge – Article by Christina Kubisch (PDF)


Field Recording Series by Gruenrekorder
Germany / 2021 / Gruen 204 / LC 09488





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