25 April, 2007

Xi’an Belltower Xi’an (西安) China

Photo Xi'an Belltower (钟楼)

It was about 2pm in the afternoon when this bell started ringing across the square in the center of the city.  The belltower (钟楼), across from the appropriately named drumtower, and between the Belltower Hotel, once contained a much larger bell used for announcing the time.
Captured with DPA 4060 lavaliere mics into the SD 744t.  Use headphones for best effect. Creative Commons License

Use headphones for best effect. Xi'an Belltower Xi'an (西安) China Captured with DPA 4060 lavaliere mics into the SD 744t.

Fish Market Xi’an China

photo of fish market wares

April 25th, 2007
Across from our hotel in Xi’an was a fish market: eel, flounder, toads, and jellyfish were among many that were unknown to us.  The highlight of this recording for me was a boy of about 6 or 7 who paused in his shrimp de-veining duties (or whatever his family was doing) and said “hello”.  The sound that comes out of his mouth sounded like a musical note, or the ploink of dripping water.  Captured with DPA 4060 lavaliere mics into the SD 744t.  Use headphones for best effect. Creative Commons License

Use headphones for best effect. Fish Market Xi'an China, Captured with DPA 4060 lavaliere mics into the SD 744t.

23 April, 2007

Simatai Song, Simatai (司馬臺), China

Photo of muscician

April 23, 2007
Returning from our exploration of this steep and remote section of the Great Wall, my traveling partner Ron and I came across this blind man playing his sanxian ().  He blessed us with two songs, the second of which is represented here. Derived from an MS recording, Schoeps MK21/8 into a Sound Devices 744t. Creative Commons License

Simatai Song Simatai (司馬臺), China, Derived from an MS recording, Schoeps MK21/8 into a Sound Devices 744t.

22 April, 2007

Summer Palace Singing, Beijing, China

Photo Summer Palace (頤和園)

It is Spring at the Summer Palace (頤和園), my wife Nicole and I were exploring the freshly blooming flora and we came upon this ethereal voice from the far reaches of the woods.  The close singer, reports Nicole, seemed to be mocking the mysterious voice.  Hordes of Chinese tourists were also present.  Captured with DPA 4060 lavaliere mics into the SD 744t.  Use headphones for best effect. Creative Commons License

Use headphones for best effect. Summer Palace Singing Beijing China, Captured with DPA 4060 lavaliere mics into the SD 744t.

Chaoyang Bus Ride, Beijing, China

Wangjing street

April 22, 2007 / 9:22 am
Nicole and I were heading to the Summer Palace.  We picked up this bus near Wangjing District and took it to Chaoyang, near the hospital where she was working at the time.  The bus was packed pretty full, comfortable for those of us used to riding MUNI buses through San Francisco’s Chinatown during rush hour.
DPA 4060 lavaliere mics into the SD 744t.  Use headphones for best effect.Creative Commons License

Use headphones for best effect. Chaoyang Bus Ride, Beijing, China DPA 4060 lavaliere mics into the SD 744t.

1 April, 2007

Robert E. Lee Park Baltimore, Maryland USA

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

17 March, 2007

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

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

25 June, 2005

Sierra Valley Bridge, California, US

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

21 May, 2005

Alcatraz Island Ambiance, San Francisco, California US

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

20 May, 2005

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

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

17 April, 2005

Godwit Days (Marsh Ambiance) Arcata, California US

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

6 November, 2004

Sandhill Crane Flyout Lodi, California US

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".


Surround Sandhill Crane Snippet, Lodi, California, US

Lodi Surround Equipment
November 2004
This is a small sample of what the whole four channels sounded like that morning, if I recall the front channels were the MK21 sub-cardioids and the rear were the DPA 4006 omnis.  Recorded out of the uniquely colored Oakland Museum station wagon.
Quad recording into a laptop (you wil need a surround compatible sound card and setup)

Surround Sandhill Crane Snippet Lodi, California, US Quad recording into a laptop (you will need a surround compatible sound card and setup)

~SURROUND~

3 July, 2004

Morning Ambiance Kewaskum, Wisconsin US

3rd of July, 2004
The morning was full of mosquitoes, a cardinal was calling, a few red-wing blackbirds were around as well.  I retreated to the car as soon as I started rolling.
M-S, Schoeps MK41/MK8, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

Morning Ambiance Kewaskum, Wisconsin US M-S, Schoeps MK41/MK8, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

20 June, 2004

Summer at Sequoia National Park, California, US

Sequoia National Park, CA June 2004 5:00 am
There was a lovely stream or two running through our camp, Nicole and I encountered a bear and cub on our way up to the camp spot.
For some reason there were deer around the campground as well looking and licking for salt urine, or at least that is what they seemed to be doing.  There is a stream in the distance running through Mehrten Meadow.
ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

Summer at Sequoia National Park California US ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V3, HHB MDP500

21 June, 2003

Sierra Valley Singing, California, US

Sierra ValleySierra Valley CA June 2003 This was during the Nature Sounds Society workshop that year.  I’m sure there was a fine mist burning off of the sunrise, and the cows were getting ready to break into their morning song.
ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V2, HHB MDP500

Sierra Valley Singing, California, US ORTF, Schoeps MK21, Grace V2, HHB MDP500

9 June, 2003

5 Fulton, inbound San Francisco, CA US Quasi-Binaural, DPA 4061, HHB MDP500

Muni Bus

MUNI in San Francisco, CA  Short clip of longer recording.
I was heading to the Embarcadero farmer’s market from Western Addition where I was living at the time (hi Shanan!).  Use headphones for best effect.
Quasi-Binaural, DPA 4061, HHB MDP500

5 Fulton, inbound San Francisco, CA US Quasi-Binaural, DPA 4061, HHB MDP500

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