Atlantic Ocean Recordings 2020

by Darcy Spidle

Crevice 07:23
Night Swell 13:50
Wash 05:09
Teddy 28:02


Last year I began recording the ocean every week. I more or less kept this practice up throughout 2019 and into 2020. When the pandemic hit, however, access to many of my local coastal haunts became restricted. Beaches were gated, hiking trails closed, and parks shut down. I made a few recordings during this time, but it was difficult to access appropriate locations, and, I’ll be honest, my general sense of malaise hindered motivation for the project. It’s been a tough year for all of us.

When restrictions lifted in late spring, I started up again with a more regular recording routine. I never appreciated the sound of the ocean more than during this period. Interfacing with the sea through deep listening has helped me gain a better understanding of both the magnitude of nature and the impermanence of our species.

With Atlantic Ocean Recordings 2020 I present to you a selection of my favourite recordings from this challenging year.

The collection is free to download, but if you choose to pay, I’ll donate half of your offering to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, a provincial organization that protects coastal wilderness areas in my region. Thanks so much for your support.


released November 16, 2020

Recorded in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.


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Darcy Spidle has long used the moniker chik white for various art projects. His latest efforts centre around the jaw harp, a pancultural, ancient instrument steeped in mystical allure. Inspired by sound poetry, noise, free improvisation, Dada, nature, and the human voice, chik white harp explorations aim to conjure visceral experiences. ... more

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