San Francisco Wave Organ Recordings

This past weekend I was able to visit the mysterious wave organ located in San Francisco’s Marina district next to the Golden Gate Yacht Club. When I was first told about the wave organ before I moved to the Bay Area, it was described to me as some kind of weird sound sculpture made up of exposed pipes that reach into the water, with the sounds being governed by the level of the tide. While this description is more or less accurate, one should not visit the wave organ expecting to hear a symphony of harmonic tones. The sounds produced by the submerged tubes are often reminiscent of noises one might hear in a restroom. While some might think this sounds likeĀ crap, I was particularly entertained by the unique acoustics of the sound of the Bay traveling up these concrete tubes. My visit was planned around both the high tide and the full moon which is when the wave organ is supposed to be the most active. I intend to return in a week or two and make some follow up field recordings to see how much the tide influences the sounds emitted by the Wave Organ.

More information about the Wave Organ can be found here.

Wave Organ 01 [soundcloud width=”100%” height=”81″ params=”” url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/21296594″]August 13, 2011 (1:59 pm) Recording of the wave organ in San Francisco Bay.

Wave Organ 02 [soundcloud width=”100%” height=”81″ params=”” url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/21296669″]August 13, 2011 (2:03 pm) Recording of the wave organ in San Francisco Bay.

Wave Organ 03 [soundcloud width=”100%” height=”81″ params=”” url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/21296733″]August 13, 2011 (2:07 pm) Recording of the wave organ in San Francisco Bay.

Wave Organ 04 [soundcloud width=”100%” height=”81″ params=”” url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/21297154″]August 13, 2011 (2:16 pm) Recording of the wave organ in San Francisco Bay.

 

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