Nature Sounds Society 2013 Workshop

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Dan Dugan giving a presentation on microphone directivity. NSS 2013

 

In June of 2013 the Nature Sounds Society hosted the annual field workshop in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California.  Preeminent recordist Lang Elliot was there to inspire us to great recordings and update us on his latest projects.  Along with Lang, his collaborator Marie Read wowed us with her great images and stories of wildlife photography.

Dan Dugan, Steve Sargent and I put together the ever popular microphone directivity session (above) while other attendees were learning how to make their own windscreen with Sharon Perry.  If you ever get a chance it is a weekend well spent.

I’m sorry I didn’t get a photo of the beautiful site at Yuba Pass, I was so tired, as soon as the mics started rolling I fell asleep:

Yuba Pass, CA June 23 2013 ORTF

 

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Nature Sounds Society 2010 Workshop

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

This year was a bountiful one at the San Francisco State University High Sierra Field Camp.  In addition to the wonderful location there were many recordists with diverse interests ready to record or try recording for the first time.  A  documentary film about the Soundtracker, Gordon Hempton, was presented by it’s filmmaker Nick Sherman,  keep your eye out for it on the festival circuit.   The film was an excellent portrait of one of the foremost nature recordists in the world.

Also John Muir Laws was in attendance providing a much welcome background and context about the natural world (which I sorely need).   John is the author of the definitive field guide(s) to the Sierras.  John introduced us to drawing techniques and suggested we look behind the names and explore the systems that work together to create the ecosystems that we live in.

All in all it was a wonderful weekend, many old friends and new were made and remade.  Some other links from the weekend are below.  For now enjoy a clip from Carman Valley:

Carman Vallley,  CA June 26 2010  ORTF

Some photos I took: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gweddig/sets/72157624270428383/

Other recordings:

Rudy Trubitt:

Link #1

Nathan Moody:

Link #2

and:

Link #3

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Boiling Springs Lake – Marco Polo

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Apologies for a missed opportunity this post: in our haste to get to Lassen Volcanic National Park for a much needed weekend getaway we left the camera at home so you will just have to visit on your own or look around here.  Well the weekend getaway nature of this trip put recording on the back burner but it was a good opportunity to scout the area before lugging recording gear in…but I decided to lug gear anyway.  We headed out from the Warner campground, a dusty national park campground that seems lightly visited, it’s just a mile or so from the trailhead to the lake itself.

I situated the mics and myself between two bubbling mudpots, much to Nicole’s concern and encouragement.  There were plenty of other footprints where I was setup so I wasn’t too worried, though I did notice that the ground was physically warmer in some places, weird.  Shortly after hitting “record” a curious couple spent a long time exploring the relatively small area frequently calling out to find the other.  A Spotted Towhee was foraging in the area some calls and wingbeats can be heard..

Boiling Springs Lake - Lassen Volcanic National Park Sept 2009 MS

UPDATE: I decided to mix and post my recording at Terminal Geyser, which is not really a geyser but a steam vent, at first it was a little boring to listen to but once I mixed in the 154° (67°C) bubbling stream I decided it was worthy:

Terminal Geyser - Lassen Volcanic National Park Sept 2009 MS

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Nature Sounds Society 2009 Workshop II

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Image at Yuba Pass quad gregga array ORTF and Blumlein

This is part two of the Nature Sounds Society summer workshop field report:

Sunday Morning we had an early 4:30am start up at Yuba Pass, dawn chorus, there are a few pretty loud Song Sparrow calls (at 3:19-LOUD) early in the recording also woodpeckers, and many others that I have yet to identify.  The microphone array you are hearing is ORTF, though I also recorded a rear Blumlein pair.  Please post if you are interested in hearing it.

Yuba Pass June 2009 5am ORTF

Double MS gregga array at Madora Lake, Plumas County, CA

Late morning as the group dispersed we visited Madora Lake which seems to be a stream fed lake though it may be a man-made spring.    This stereo track was derived from a 4 channel, double MS recording.  There are American Coots, Red-winged Blackbirds, Bullfrog and a persistently chipping that seemed to be a MacGillivray’s Wabrler.  After this successful recording location and a small picnic lunch the 2009 Nature Sounds Society workshop came to a close.  The recording below was originally part of a double MS recording on the gregga tree.

Madora Lake June 2009 Late Morning MS

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Gray Lodge State Wildlife Area, Spring & Crop Duster May 2009

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Image of dawn at the recording site

I have been out recording the last several weeks, just not finding the time to post here.  Because of it’s proximity I have been exploring Gray Lodge more fully.  This time of the year it means getting up pretty early, even though I only live 50 minutes away it means leaving at 4:00am or so to capture the dawn chorus.  Which is precisely what I have done this week.

Every time I visit I hope to find out something new, the second recording you hear is a reminder that the wildlife area is surrounded by working agricultural fields, which need to be seeded which in the case of rice is done by bi-plane, at 5:30 on a Sunday morning.  I would assume this is a similar process to crop dusting.

The first recording is the earlier recording, there is some distant traffic, trains and you can hear the bi-plane begin.  There are occasional Wild Turkeys and American Coot among the Red-winged Black Birds Marsh Wrens and others, if you can identify anything please let me know and I will update, thanks. This is an ORTF recording using Schoeps MK21 capsules.

First Recording:

Recording 1 Gray Lodge Spring 2009, ORTF

The recording below is an Jecklin recording using DPA 4006 capsules.

Second Recording (caution loud planes throughout, unedited except for some rolloff):

Recording 2 Gray Lodge Spring 2009, Jecklin

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:

Prettyboy Project Audio

Blackwater NWR Maryland, US

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Image of Blackwater NWR recording area

This night recording was done with the Maryland Nature Recordists in May 2008.  I was at the Tubman Road Trail near marker #3.  There were open water sloughs on both sides of me.   The primary caller seems to be the Northern Cricket Frog, with Cope’s Gray Treefrog, Bald Eagle, Northern Bobwhite, Chuck Will’s widow,  possibly the Snowy Tree Cricket, and the occasional Wood Frog filling out the soundscape.
ORTF, Sennheiser 8040, SD 744t Creative Commons License


Blackwater night recording, ORTF, Sennheiser 8040, SD 744t

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

Prettyboy Project Audio

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.

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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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.

Prettyboy Project Audio


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.

Prettyboy Project Audio

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

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.

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

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