Archive for the 'Natural Soundscape' Category

March 23, 2008 6:15am Week #2

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied woodpecker, American Crow

Prettyboy Project Audio
ORTF, Schoeps MK21, 744t Creative Commons License

March 15, 2008 7:45 am Week #1

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

This was done as part of a Maryland Nature Recordists outing, Danny Meltzer attended. Northern Cardinal, Sapsuckers, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, American Crow.

Prettyboy Project Audio

Jecklin, DPA 4006, 744t Creative Commons License

Prettyboy Project Recordings

Saturday, March 1st, 2008


recording location photo forest image

In 2008 I created a recording series called the Prettyboy Project.  Over a series of several months I recorded near the Prettyboy Reservoir in Baltimore County, US.  I posted recordings “as is”, with little or no editing to explore the progress of  the spring soundscape in one location.  Planes, cars, and other “noise” will all be in there along with the seasonally evolving natural soundscape of the location.  The Prettyboy Project has been completed as I no longer live near the recording site but please visit and enjoy the progression of the spring.

Blackwater NWR Maryland, US, Field adjacent to the wildlife drive

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

photo of snow geese @ Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

February 2008,  late morning at the end of the wildlife drive I found a small field of mostly snow geese and a few Canada geese.  I pulled to the side of the road and setup the mics using a car door as a wind break, it was very windy.   Several high altitude jets and the usual traffic din can be heard throughout, but it’s not bad for a side of the road recording.
ORTF MK21, SD 744t Creative Commons License

Blackwater NWR Maryland, US, Field adjacent to the wildlife drive, ORTF MK21, SD 744t

Catoctin Mountain Park–Chestnut Picnic Area Maryland, US

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

catoctin imageThis is a combination of two recordings a night and day (some may consider it a nature recording sin).  What I believe are deer snorts ring through the young deciduous forest.  The  Oblong-winged katydid sounds like a  ratcheting mechanic with periodic common true katydids (chee, chee, chee).  Recorded with the  Maryland Nature Recordists on a  fine weekend in September 2007.
Jecklin, DPA 4006, SD 744t Creative Commons License

Catoctin Mountain Park--Chestnut Picnic Area Maryland, US, Jecklin, DPA 4006, SD 744t

Cape Henlopen State Park–Gordon Pond Delaware, US

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Gordon Pond Dawn Photo

This recording was made in September of 2007 with Danny Meltzer.  It is a mixed soundscape, combining the early morning chirps of Gordon Pond with two perspectives of the Atlantic ocean recorded in sync, one close and one far. 
Jecklin, DPA 4006, MKH30/40, SD 744t
Creative Commons License

Cape Henlopen State Park--Gordon Pond Delaware, US, Jecklin, DPA 4006, MKH30/40, SD 744t

Wood boring beetles, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

These are evidently wood boring beetles of some type recorded 12:30 am at Misty Lake.  Faint Bullfrogs can hear in the distance, there were active mice or shews in the immediate area as well.Tim River photo

Jecklin, DPA 4006,SD 744tCreative Commons License

Wood boring beetles, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, Jecklin, DPA 4006,SD 744

Misty Lake Fishing, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Neil and Pattie fishing on Misty Lake in the early evening.  A group of boisterous campers can be heard across the lake on the left side.  Our camp is behind the mics.  No fish were harmed or even caught.

Jecklin, DPA 4006, SD 744t Creative Commons License

Misty Lake Fishing, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, Jecklin, DPA 4006,SD 744t

White-throated sparrow, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

This call was heard prominently throughout our journey.  On our journey the bird was dubbed “poor Ethel” due to it’s melancholy call.  It is, from what I’m told, a very common call in Canada, and that is my experience on this trip.  Swainson’s Thrush and other birds I don’t know are also prominent in the background.

Jecklin, DPA 4006,SD 744t Creative Commons License

White-throated sparrow, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, Jecklin, DPA 4006,SD 744t

Triple Splash, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Three mysterious splashes at 5:30 am, we are on the Tim river, are they beavers, muskrats or is someone  trying to dupe us?

Jecklin, DPA 4006,SD 744t Creative Commons License

Triple Splash, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, Jecklin, DPA 4006,SD 744t

Carolina Sandhills NWR South Carolina, US (Pool E)

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Cheraw State Park

A Maryland Nature Recordists road trip led to south Carolina for a weekend of recording workshops and exchange of ideas.  Recorded at the SONG Conference in June, 2007.  In the Carolina Sandhill National Wildlife Refuge, “Pool E”.  Carpenter Frogs, Eastern Wood Peewee, Red Cockaded Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, are among the many species heard in this recording.  Special thanks goes out to Robin Carter for putting this event together.
ORTF, Schoeps MK21,SD 744t Creative Commons License

Carolina Sandhills NWR South Carolina, US Pool E, ORTF, Schoeps MK21, SD 744t

Blackwater NWR Maryland, US Tubman Road Trail

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Blackwater photo

The Tubman Road Trail is a remote trail that doesn’t  pull many visitors away from the main part of the refuge (not at 7pm Saturday evening anyway).  The day I was there there was a lot of wildlife, snakes frogs, etc.   Northern Bobwhite,  Northern Cricket Frogs, and Laughing Gulls can be heard.  The front was recorded with my standard ORTF Schoeps array, the rear is a set of omni mics about 1 meter apart on either side of the ORTF.  This is a four channel recording.

ORTF MK21, DPA 4006, SD 744t Creative Commons License

Blackwater NWR Maryland, US Tubman Road Trail, ORTF MK21, DPA 4006, SD 744t

Prettyboy Reservoir Baltimore County Maryland, US

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

May 5th, 2007 6:40am
The Maryland Nature Recordists this dawn chorus on Saturday morning.  The spring woodland features, warblers, vireos,  blue jays, red-bellied woodpecker and a brown-headed cowbird.  Originally part of a surround recording, these are spaced DPA 4006 omni mics apx. 1m apart.

Prettyboy Reservoir Baltimore County Maryland, US, part of a surround recording, spaced DPA 4006 omni mics apx. 1m apart.

prettyboy image

Robert E. Lee Park Baltimore, Maryland USA

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Maryland Nature Recordists outing with Danny Meltzer, his recording can be found here.  This is based on a double MS recording, featuring Schoeps MK21 sub -cardioid  capsules.

Robert E. Lee  Park Baltimore, Maryland USA

Juniper Prairie Wilderness, Florida, US Jody’s Trace Trail

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Pat's Island Thumbnail

In late March 2007 I headed up the Yearling Trail in Ocala National Forest on a windy spring day, I found a spur trail just into the longleaf pine edge of Pat’s Island.  There isn’t much to hear here besides the wind in the tall trees, but the quietude was exceptional that day.

Juniper Prairie Wilderness, Florida, US Jody's Trace Trail, M-S, Schoeps MK21/MK8, SD 744t

Sierra Valley Bridge, California, US

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

Sierra Bridge

Cliff Swallows & Yellow Headed-blackbirds, CA Jun 2005
Another Nature Sound society workshop, this was recorded at the truss bridge.  There were Black Ibis and American Coot in the area as well.

ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

Sierra Valley Bridge, California, US, ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

Alcatraz Island Ambiance, San Francisco, California US

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

Recorded at Alcatraz Island, GGNRA, CA May 2005
The next morning the  same side of the island, very strange Dan Dugan and I spent the night in cellblock B.  You can hear a Pigeon Guillemot
at the very top of the recording, it’s the very high pitched one.  Also Western Gulls and Brant’s Cormorants (the croaky, grunty one).
ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

Alcatraz Island Ambiance San Francisco, California US ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

Snowy Egret & Black-Crowned Night Herons, San Francisco, California US

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Feeding on Alcatraz GGNRA, CA May 2005 Dan Dugan and I  were invited to record some of the nesting birds.  This was a superb location on the south side of the island, we were able to place the mics within 5′ of the nesting birds.  There were juvenile herons flying in and out throughout the late afternoon light.
ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

Snowy Egret & Black-Crowned Night Herons San Francisco, California US ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

Godwit Days (Marsh Ambiance) Arcata, California US

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

GodwitApril 2005
Another listening/recording workshop put on by Paul Matzner and myself.  Just off of highway 1 on the south side of Arcata at the nature center.  If you listen carefully you can hear Paul across the marsh doing his soundwalk.

ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

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Godwit Days (Marsh Ambiance) Arcata, California US ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

Sandhill Crane Flyout Lodi, California US

Saturday, November 6th, 2004

Lodi Sunrise

Featuring Tundra Swans, At the Lodi Crane Festival, November 2004
Paul Matzner and I were presenting a recording/listening workshop for the second time.  This year we had time for some recording, this represents my first  (and last) effort at field  recording with a laptop.  I powered my MOTU 896 HD from a 12v battery and an inverter.  The laptop gave out before the interface.  It really proved to me the difficulty of field recording with a laptop.
A-B, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, MOTU 896, Laptop  Based on the original surround recording with the “gregga array”.

Sandhill Crane Flyout Lodi, California US A-B, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, MOTU 896, Laptop  Based on the original surround recording with the "gregga array".