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September 9th, 2008

A recording of a thatching ant mound on Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada. It was made with a homemade stereo contact microphone created with scavenged parts found at the Hornby Island Free Store. Two piezoelectric mic elements were attached to a single strip of cedar and set down on top of the ant mound. The ants swarmed it, producing this interesting sound. See for more antwork.


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    DJ Burnham 5 years ago

    I’m amazed to find this recording, I really didn’t think I’d be able to locate something so spot on – it will appear as part of the sound of a microscopic alien species in Episode 9 of Ad Astral “The Shard of Ghazbrid” due out around 1.11.2010. Credits will be in the shownotes.
    Many thanks.
    Dave Burnham

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    Smokey_B 5 years, 11 months ago

    Very cool. Kinda creeps me out.

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    SonOfAkira 6 years, 7 months ago

    I think my link is defunct now. I made a thread in the forum, thanks again for an awesome sample.

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    BirdFLU 6 years, 10 months ago

    I was all set to move to Canada to escape from the ants. My dream is shattered.

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    SonOfAkira 6 years, 10 months ago

    Awesome sample!

    I used it as a small part of a track I just made:

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