Nature Sounds Society 2014 Workshop

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Sunrise at Sierra Valley, CA 2014

The 30th annual Nature Sounds Society Workshop was held the last weekend in June this year. We had a small but eclectic and energizing group of participants and presenters.

Steve Sergeant gave us his take on recording in surround, his method advocates for the use of height channels. The new feature film audio formats such as Atmos use loudspeakers in the ceiling to achieve this immerse effect.

Steve Bumgardner talked about his experience reviving the National Park Service’s print publication (1922-1985) Yosemite Nature Notes in a video format. Steve shared some behind the scenes footage of capturing Moonbows. Please check out the whole series here.

Some of my sounds:

Sierra Valley

Carman Valley had very active overflights this year, a disturbing trend

And finally Madora Lake (LOUD!) This is a recording using Telinga’s SSM stereo mic

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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:

 

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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:

Other recordings:

Rudy Trubitt:

Link #1

Nathan Moody:

Link #2

and:

Link #3

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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.

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.

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Nature Sounds Society 2009 Workshop I

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

At the end of June I attended the annual workshop put on by the Bay Area based Nature Sounds Society.  Although this years workshop was lightly attended it allowed greater flexibility and mobility in selecting recording locations and activities.  Dan and Sharon led us through through the expected amazing sessions that touch on art, education, listening, activism and hands on construction.

I have been to the workshops in past years but this year was a bounty of new recording locations surrounding the Yuba Pass/Sierra Valley area of Northern California.

Friday night we had a interesting presentation by hummingbird researcher Chris Clark on the tail noises that occur during mating.

Saturday Morning:

Sierra Valley 4:30 am brought out a bunch of tired lightly caffinated recordists to the usual spot at Marble Hot Springs, the scenery  did not dissapoint.  Somehow I felt that the diversity of species was not a large as it had been in previous years but it was still an enjoyable morning.  I think you hear in this recording Wilson’s Snip, Marsh Wren, American Bittern, Red-winged Blackbird among others.  This is an ORTF soundscape using Schoeps MK-21 sub-cardioid capsules.

 

The time is 6:20, we are still in Sierra Valley at the Marble Hot Springs Bridge, the predominant callers are Cliff Swallows, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Bullfrog, American Coot, Western Meadowlark, and the domesticated cow (distant).   This is an ORTF soundscape using Schoeps MK-21 sub-cardioid capsules.

 

After breakfast in a picturesque mosquito covered highway rest area we were off scouting a new recording location.  It was reported that Carman Valley is in the process of having it’s wetland restored in collaboration with the local ranchers (and land owners).  Most of the recording at this location is a pastoral morning soundscape, but the end of the recording the Scrub Jays were acting up, so that is what you get to hear.  From my perspective this will be a popular stop on future recording trips.  This is an ORTF soundscape using Schoeps MK-21 sub-cardioid capsules.

 

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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

Sierra Valley Singing, California, US

Saturday, June 21st, 2003

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