Week 8 – Hydrophone and Wim Hof

Week 8

Shooting with new audio gear

So this week I’m testing and recording with the H2A-XLR Hydrophone with the Tascam DR-40X. The reason for going with these are the fact that the hydrophone is currently used in scientific research and has many audio files to back up its capabilities. As for the Tascam I needed a recorder that was portable, durable and has phantom power to power the hydrophone. Luckily the hydrophone comes with a 9m long XLR cable so I can safely keep the recorder out of harms way. Initial tests showed how solitary it can be underwater with the silence of the deep, but also how loud and busy a waterfall is, basically sounds like a lot of noise with the odd rock crashing into the ground. (More in project development posts).

With this new equipment I aim to produce a sound track to support the videos and photos, one that adds an extra sensory immersion into my work and bring the viewer deeper into the natural world in many different scenarios.

H2A-XLR Hydrophone and Tascam DR-40X

Tomoko https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28AVsP5-iCk

Nathan Moody https://soundcloud.com/noisejockey/finger-cymbals-in-water

Nathan https://soundcloud.com/noisejockey/bowed-wok-lid-underwater

Wim Hof

Wim Hof or the ‘Iceman’ went from a circus act to scientific breakthrough on the human body relating to cold exposure. Wim Hof has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, ran a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and stood in a container whilst covered in ice cubes for more than 112 minutes. Hof has embraced the force of nature and is convinced that everyone can tap into this energy and therefore developed the Wim Hof Method: a natural path to an optimal state of body and mind.

At the end of a photo day I met a man who had been practicing this method, he told me a lot about Wim Hof and it seemed very relevant as this was the coldest it had been for a while (0 Celsius). He’d been using cold therapy for an ankle injury when I met him, we exchanged pleasantries and talked about camera gear. Then I learned he’d be travelling with Wim Hof in Iceland to experiment his method further and push their bodies to the limits again. This peaked my interest as to how relevant it was to my project, they are using the power of the mind to connect with nature and become its ally. Expanding my own knowledge of how the mind is connect to nature is part of this project, and to learn more about how important nature is to us (Biophilia hypothesis, explored in contextual research).


Cold therapy

The cold is your warm friend and one of the three pillars of the wim hof method. Proper exposure to the cold starts a cascade of health benefits, including the buildup of brown adipose tissue and resultant fat loss, reduced inflammation that facilitates a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— the feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.


The second pillar of the wim hof method is breathing. We’re always breathing, yet we’re mostly unaware of its tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a treasure trove of benefits, and the specialized breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method unearths them all: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.


The third pillar of the wim hof method is the foundation of the other two: both cold exposure and conscious breathing require patience and dedication in order to be fully mastered. Armed with focus and determination you are ready to explore and eventually master your own body and mind.


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