MATRIXSYNTH: Synth Sounds of the Narwhal

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Synth Sounds of the Narwhal

Some LFO action there.

"With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various calls, buzzes, clicks and whistles of narwhals as they summered in a Greenland fjord. The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords and provide valuable insight into the behavior of these shy and mysterious creatures, according to the researchers.

This animation illustrates how narwhal vocalizations match their behavior. The researchers captured several types of sounds made by narwhals, including social calls, or whistles, and clicks used for echolocation, the biological sonar used by dolphins, bats, some whales and other animals to navigate and find food.

The closer narwhals get to their food, the faster they click, until the noise becomes a buzz not unlike that of a chainsaw. This terminal buzz helps the narwhals pinpoint the location of their prey.

The recordings help the researchers provide a baseline of the kinds of sounds that permeate the narwhals’ pristine habitat. In combination with sightings, they also show narwhals get closer to glacier ice than previously thought for this area and the animals do forage for food in summer, contrary to some previous findings."

I always thought they could speak (magic unicorn of the sea and all) :


  1. Except that that's a tusk, not a horn.
    Why don't you ask him if he's going to stay?
    Why don't you ask him if he's going away?
    Why don't you tell me what's going on?
    Why don't you tell me who's on the phone?
    Why don't you ask him what's going on?
    Why don't you ask him the latest on his throne?
    Hooga haaga hooga
    Don't say that you love me
    Just tell me that you want me
    Just say that you want me
    Don't tell me that you
    Real savage like
    Tusk Tusk

  2. All the great stories are about the search for the father. --Harlan Ellison


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