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Aiguamolls d'Empordá, Al Matá, Catalunya

22 JUN to 2 JUL 2013

The site at Nautic Almatá is seasonally full of campers from Spain and Northern Europe and elsewhere, so it generates its own sounds of maintenance and habitation. The Aiguamolls are a rare section of wetland preserved and protected from exploitation amid other intensive development on the Bay of Roses

The conjunction and intensity of human and non human sounds changes with the seasons: in the Winter the campsite is closed and deer graze on the pitches. In Summer, the site is occupied by perhaps 2 or 3 thousand people; other animals move back into less accessible parts of the reserve, and their sounds at that time are muted or masked. Between those periods, which is when we are there, on the edge of the camping season, sounds of the camping and sounds of the reserve ebb and flow at different times of the day and night, so this field where we are pitched by the edge becomes a foreshore: alternately exposed and immersed to varying degrees

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