26 April, 2008

April 26, 2008 5:45 am Week #6

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.

Prettyboy Project Audio

ORTF, Schoeps MK21, 744t

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Prettyboy Project Audio

ORTF, Sennheiser MKH 8040, Grace V3, 744t

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20 April, 2008

April 20, 2008 6:15 am Week #5

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.

Prettyboy Project Audio


Jecklin, DPA 4006, 744t
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12 April, 2008

April 12, 2008 5:49 am Week #4

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

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30 March, 2008

March 30, 2008 6:30 am Week #3

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.

Prettyboy Project Audio

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23 March, 2008

March 23, 2008 6:15am Week #2

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

Prettyboy Project Audio
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15 March, 2008

March 15, 2008 7:45 am Week #1

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

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1 March, 2008

Prettyboy Project Recordings


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.

28 February, 2008

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

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

22 September, 2007

Catoctin Mountain Park–Chestnut Picnic Area Maryland, US

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

9 September, 2007

Cape Henlopen State Park–Gordon Pond Delaware, US

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

23 August, 2007

Saint Mark’s Pipe Organ, Baltimore

St. Marks Organ Pipes Baltimore, MD

Several years ago I was asked to record the new Patrick J. Murphy and Associates organ at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baltimore Maryland.  It was up the street from where I was living at the time so I was happy to oblige.  James Harp is a fantastic organist and music director for this small congregation, as you’ll be able to hear on the samples below.  These tracks were recorded with an ORTF microphone pattern, Schoeps MK21, Sound Devices 744T.

Improvisation on Judas Maccabaeus 3:36 James Harp, organist and composer

Improvisation on Judas Maccabaeus

“Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde 8:48 Organist: James Harp, Composer: Richard Wagner

"Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde

Froberger’s “Preludium in d minor” 3:13 James Harp, organist

Froberger's "Preludium in d minor"

All tracks posted with permission: copyright (c) 2010 St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Baltimore

7 July, 2007

Portaging

Two canoes on teh beach near our campsite.

Two canoes on the beach near our campsite.

We have just returned from a portaging trip with some friends of ours, we spend about 6 days paddling in Canada’s serene Algonquin Provincial Park.  While it rained a little bit every day, overall the weather was excellent for lugging seemingly heavy canoes and backpacks (loaded with gourmet food).  Our expedition took us to remote parts of the park where we were we saw  common loons, moose, giant snapping turtles and several kinds of frogs.  It was a good way to celebrate Nicole’s graduation from nursing school and put some distance between the busy school schedule and the beginning of her new career.

3 July, 2007

Wood boring beetles, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

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

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

2 July, 2007

Misty Lake Fishing, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

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.

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

White-throated sparrow, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

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.

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

Triple Splash, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

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

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

28 June, 2007

Carolina Sandhills NWR South Carolina, US (Pool E)

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

12 May, 2007

Blackwater NWR Maryland, US Tubman Road Trail

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.

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

5 May, 2007

Prettyboy Reservoir Baltimore County Maryland, US

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

30 April, 2007

Back from China

Greg & Nicole in Beihei Park, Beijing

Greg & Nicole in Beihei Park, Beijing

We’re back from China, didn’t find many quiet serene places but did come back with a wealth of urban soundscapes which I’ll be posting in the next few days.  We visited Beijing, Xi’an, and Simatai (Great Wall),  we loved our time in this beautiful country.  Nicole spent almost 7 weeks there finishing her final clinical rotation for nursing school.


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