Upper Seletar Reservoir
I went to Upper Seletar Reservoir on a soundwalk, accompanied by Ton P and Chelle Kiwimi. Parts of the jungle that make up this reservoir are also used for army training, so we had to tread carefully to avoiding any flying bullets!
As we journeyed further along the coast line we encountered a great diversity of insects and birds. At certain points along the trail the balance between the sounds of nature became apparent.
Upon reaching the tip of the second finger, it seemed that the tantilizing vibrations of cicadas were dominant. There were several variations on their call – one of which was much lower in pitch than I’d ever heard previously. I stood very still as not to disturb them and recorded. Suddenly, two cicadas appeared one after the other, right next to me.
Though I couldn’t see them, their proximity was clear to the ear. After several minutes they ceased, one by one, and the other sounds within the area took over.
One thing became clear during this soundwalk, the frequent appearance of the army helicopters seemed monolithic and overpowering in contrast to the colourful subtlety of nature’s call.