Archive for the 'Prettyboy Project' Category

May 31, 2008 8:15pm Week #9

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

This is a night recording I did a few weeks ago , but am only getting to post until now.  There is a close squirrel (Eastern Gray?) and some other favorite friends, I picked up a touch of poison ivy fumbling around in the declining light, it has now pretty much healed but still, use caution recording at night.

Danny was also recording this night, we did hear some relatively close gunshots, but they didn’t continue long.

This weeks recording:

May 10, 2008 5:24 am Week #7

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Foggy, rainy morning caused a rain out, I recorded about 20 minutes or so before the rain started growing more heavy.  The undergrowth is filling out, as is the canopy.  Again the whip-poor-will was calling when I arrived, in fact two or three of them were calling near the road before my hike in.  I must try a night recording here soon.  This recording was so nice I did cut out a short mid-section that I check how wet the mics were, enjoy.
ORTF, Schoeps MK21, 744t Creative Commons License

May 24, 2008 5:04am Week #8

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

The sun was just rising as I once again got out of the car at the trailhead to the sound of deuling whip-poor-wills. One night I will record them. This soundscape has a featured knocker, the piliated woodpecker was a prominent caller this morning towards the end of the recording, in addition to other birds that I haven’t yet ID’d.

While the air traffic was limited today, I did notice some sort of farm machinery in the distance, the recording location is less than a mile away from some agricultural fields and a pastoral farm. Usually they are quiet save for the occasional cock-a-doodle-do..

This weeks recording:

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On the way out I noticed what appeared to be an albino plant, is this possible? See the photo below, does anyone know what this is?

Albino Plant or ...?

April 26, 2008 5:45 am Week #6

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

I am trying to get up earlier to capture first light every week, but due to a number of factors I can only get so close.

This week we have a technical comparison between two sets of microphones. The first set is my standard Schoeps ORTF configuration, a set of MK21 capsules directly into the Sound Devices 744t mic preamplifier. The second set, a demo set of the Sennheiser MKH 8040 configured in ORTF. Keep in mind that the pattern of the two sets is slightly different: the Schoeps is a wide cardioid, the Sennheiser is a classic cardioid. I have done my best to match levels on these two samples.

The same part of the sound file was used for each sample. in about the middle of the recording you will hear me swatting a spider, I was recovering from a few spider bites from the previous week at the time.

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ORTF, Schoeps MK21, 744t

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ORTF, Sennheiser MKH 8040, Grace V3, 744t

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April 20, 2008 6:15 am Week #5

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

This seems to be the quietest recording (in terms of wildlife) I’ve done here yet. The forecast was calling for a morning thunderstorms but it didn’t start to rain until we were leaving. The wind however was pretty constant. The trees haven’t started to fill in yet, they are only now starting to bud.

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Jecklin, DPA 4006, 744t
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April 12, 2008 5:49 am Week #4

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

A foggy, warm morning, after a thunderstorm, the first I’ve seen this spring, temp was about 60 degrees farenheit. It was dark when I arrived, but the Northern Cardinal just started to call. I was hoping to get there early enough to catch the owls, but all I got was a few eastern grey squrrels waking up (at about 15:50). I left most of the slate on this track. The transient pops you hear is water rolling off the trees close to the microphones. USE CAUTION, SOME OF THESE POPS MAY BE LOUD!

The smaller version is actually a continuation of the large recording, note there is a loud jet about halfway through the compressed version (at about 13:30).

Prettyboy Project Audio

Or a more compressed version for those with slower connections:

Prettyboy Project Audio

Jecklin, DPA 4006, 744t Creative Commons License

March 30, 2008 6:30 am Week #3

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

As this recording begins you will hear my wife and I heading out for a hike, it was about 34 degrees Fahrenheit so we wanted to keep moving. We returned about 45 minutes later as the morning chorus was drawing to an end. During the slate, which I chose not to include on the recording a great horned owl called once to another in the distance. You’ll hear the usual calls that I have outlined before.

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ORTF, Schoeps MK21, 744t Creative Commons License

March 23, 2008 6:15am Week #2

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

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

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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.

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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.