East Fork SP Dawn Chorus 6.11.20 5:33AM

Field Recording

Here's a recent field recording of the dawn chorus at East Fork State Park in Ohio. It was a moderately windymorning, but the wind died down before sunrise. The frogs were very vocal before sunrise, becoming more quiet with the sunrise.

* Please listen via headphones or conventional speakers (computer speakers will not handle some of the content or allow it to be audible)

Dawn Chorus Sharon Woods 5.27.20

Field Recording

This is a field recording of the dawn chorus at Sharon Woods Park in Sharonville, OH. USA. It begins at approximately 5:50 AM. There was a light rain falling for most of the recording. This is a suburban park surrounded by interstates and railroads. This recording was captured on the Gorge Trail.

Dawn Chorus, Warder Preserve 5.2.2020 - 6:07 AM

Field Recording

Listen to the dawn chorus at Warder Preserve in Springfield Township near Cincinnati, Ohio. Sunrise was 6:37 AM. The birds began singing well before I began this recording. Notice that when the sun rises and the anthrophony (human sound becomes lowder, the bird sounds and other biophony become less dense. This is best listen to on a good set of headphones.


Gaspirilla Sound

Hydrophone Recording


This is a hydrophone field recording from a relatively "quiet" area on Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande. Florida. Two mics were dropped in about 7' of water about 150 yards from the main channel. 

The powerboat prop noises were at a minimum. The water noises from the wave action on the boat I was recording from are in the foreground. Also, notice the "clicks", perhaps fish? Something was bumping the mics, perhaps also fish? Boats, boats and more boats can be heard in the background.

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Hydrophone Field Recordings

The unusual underwater sounds from the mangroves


Here are some recent field recordings from coastal mangroves near Englewood, Florida. I recorded Oyster Creek, Lemon Bay, and Lemon Creek.

In the first recording the hydrophones were about 6' apart in 12" of water. Oyster Creek is a tidal estuary and the tide was rising. At about the 5' mark, listen as a school of minnows repeatedly bumps against the hydrophone phone lead.

Give them a listen here: https://soundcloud.com/richbitting


My new "Honey Bee" piece will be included in this exhibit.  

Redbud at Collector's Art Group 

Redbud, a new exhibition of art and music by Rich Bitting opens November 16 at Collector’s Art Group, 225 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. The exhibition features 16 mixed media works accompanied by 16 digital audio works.

In addition to the visual work, the exhibition Redbud will feature Redbud Revisited a new audio release that accompanies 13 new visual works. Redbud Revisited is available as an audio CD, a limited edition audio CD, and a digital download. 

A previously released audio CD, Redbud

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Fernald Nature Preserve Sound Walk 

Fernald Sound Walk

Join me Friday, November 17th from 5:30 to 7 PM as I lead a sound walk at the Fernald Nature Preserve. The walk begins with a brief 15 minute introduction to listening skills. We'll then walk silently, at an easy pace for about an hour. We will pause to gather to re-orient our listening and adjust to different ways of listening. We'll share our experiences at the end of the walk. This deep listening activity will open your ears!

My New Photo Work @ Essex Studios Art Walk 

Essex Art Walk

I'll be showing some new photos, November 3rd and 4th in Studio 258 at the Essex. Josh Parrott has kindly given me some wall space to hang 15 new photographs. Josh will be showing some of his recent paintings, and Jennifer Parrott will have some of her photography as well. It is rumored that there will be some live music, so why not stop by and make a night of it?

MUSLAB 2017 

My electronic music work, Beech Forest in the Moonlight, has been accepted as part of the International Festival of Electroacoustic Music - MUSLAB 2017. It will be presented November 13th, as part of the Third Transmission at ESPACIO SONORO Autonomous Metropolitan University Xochimilco in Mexico City. I am humbled and delighted to be included in this event.

Rikki Santer will read "To Reconsider Melody" in Columbus Performance 

To Reconsider Melody

By Rikki Santer

for Richard Bitting after “Canticle of the Redbud”



Your head inside a temple bell tiny temple

bells inside your head.  You shapeshift into

a zen galaxy of shimmering silence, then whirl

tarantella atop a sunlit spider strand swaying


with rhymes of dew drops from your garden’s

redbud tree.  Listen.  The tender fizz of heart 

leaves, the wee clicks of kinship roots deep

in the belly of your backyard ravine.  This


soundscape sonogram reminds us.  Pause

and harvest…

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Canticle of the Redbud included in Sight of Music 

Friday, September 29th,  6 - 8 PM

 Columbus Cultural Arts Center

Columbus, OH

Canticle of the Redbud, 20" x 30", mixed media on canvas, Rich Bitting

An exhibition exploring how we interact with music 

as a central aspect of our humanity

The Columbus Cultural Arts Center (CAC) will host a large juried exhibition of contemporary works by Ohio artists, in a challenge set forth by guest curator, local poet and writer, Steve Abbott. Framed by a nod to synesthesia, SIGHT OF MUSIC”will present visual…

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Early Autumn - Evening Rain included in IFAR Musique Concrète field recording compilation 


Early Autumn Rain, Unity, Ohio is part of a compilation of field recordings by IFAR in BandCamp.

Early Autumn Rain, Unity, Ohio is a field recording of a rainy night at a 
cabin in Unity Woods, Unity Ohio, near the Edge of Appalachia Preserve in 
Adams County, Ohio recorded in October of 2003. The foreground staccato 
of rain with background ostinato of insects completes this calming