Yesterday on our way to Karlshamn me and Matilda awaited a connecting train in Kristianstad where we went into this big church close to the train station. There they were rehearsing for an organ concert that were taking place a couple of hours later. I was amazed by the sound that came out of this incredible instrument so i placed myself underneath it and pressed rec. Here’s a short clip of what i got (please use headphones when listening to this quasi-binaural recording):
Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50
In a couple of days I will upload some recordings I made earlier today at a big substation some hundred meters from where Matilda grew up so check back then.
The other day I went down to Öresundsbron, the big bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark. I set my rig underneath the bridge on the Swedish side with the microphones directed towards the strait and Denmark. You can hear the traffic passing by on top of the bridge and at the end of the clip a train approaching on the midsection of the bridge. There were some birds presents and of course water lapping gently against the rocks underneath the massive construction. You can also hear the drone from a close by air duct.
I had to cut the clip just before the train passed by as I’d set the gain to match the traffic on the highway above the train section. Obviously that was far too high as the sound of the oncoming train almost blew my eardrums away.
Geek note: 2xRøde NT1-As (ortf position, 17 cm spacing, angled 110 degrees) -> Rolls PB223 -> Sony PCM-D50
Yesterday me and Matilda went to Kullaberg outside Höganäs in the northern parts of Skåne. After a steep climb down from the old lighthouse we sat down to drink coffee and eat sandwiches next to a small reef. Afterwards I decided to climb down to the reef to see what I could get in way of sounds from the Atlantic ocean slowly rolling in.
As you can see in the picture the water passed by my D50 through a small rock formation, entering through a narrow opening to the right and then flowing out slowly to the left. The fizzling sound you hear when the water retracts is coming from the bared seaweed, it almost sounds like soda.
Geek note: Sony PCM-D50 (internal microphones spread 120 degrees)
I work at a thrift shop downtown Malmö, a place where we sell pretty much everything that is donated to us. The other day my work-mate Viktor made me aware of a wind-up piano that were collecting dust in the warehouse. When turned up it plays this very nice melody with a somewhat distorted ring that I decided to record.
It makes me think of William Basinskis excellent work Disintegration Loops which is the result of deteriorating magnetic tapes of old loops that fell apart while Basinski transfered them to digital format.
On my way to and from work I ride my bike through one of Malmös bigger parks called Pildammsparken. On my way home I’ve noticed for several nights now that large numbers of jackdaws and crows gather there to do whatever they do, and when doing whatever they do they make a lot of noise. So today I brought my light setup with me and walked into the park to record them.
Please use headphones when listening to get the most out of this quasi-binaural recording.
The popping noises you hear is the bird droppings landing on the leaves around me. Somehow they didn’t manage to hit me.
Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50 (low cut filter set to 75Hz to filter away some of the surrounding traffic)
So, while being at my grandparents place this weekend I took the chance to use their numerous tools and workbench to build a stereo array for my pair of Røde NT1-A’s.
Press here to see Tom Williams nice guide that I followed. I must say that I’m kind of proud that I actually managed to put this together.
Attaching the metal plate to the tripod quick mount.
Adjusting the plastic tubes to the length of the NT1-A’s
Voila, shock mounts completed
Here you can see how the suspensions for the mics are attached
My grandmother showed how to go about sewing the windscreens
Here the completed rig is seen under my test. I’m going to cut of an additional 10-15cms from the windscreens.
The pre-drilled holes in the 20cm long metal plate that the microphones are attached to makes it easy to play around with different distances between them, 17cm apart being the ortf-standard. This gives me plenty of in-field options for my rig when it comes to experimenting with different stereo images. So from this day on I’ll always bring a wrench.
As the weekend indeed have been very windy at the Swedish west coast I was offered the perfect opportunity to try out my new gear. The recording found below captures the wind taking hold of trees, bushes and leaves in the forest next to my grandparents backyard just minutes before a light rain began to fall. The low frequency thumps that can be heard is the product of me sloppily leaving one of the mic-cables hanging freely in the wind, resulting in it repeatedly hitting the tripod that the NT1-A’s were mounted on. As I was stressed by the oncoming rain i decided to keep on recording, it just being a test and all.
Geek note: 2xRøde NT1-A (ortf-position, 17 cm spacing, improvised angle) -> Rolls PB223 -> Sony PCM-D50 (low cut filter on to reduce the effects of the wind)
I’m staying at my grandparents place over the weekend. They live at a farm in the countryside near Göteborg. In a field, visible from their house, is this big old rusty piece of machinery once used to dig ditches. It must have been standing there for at least 10 years but for some reason I’ve never really examined it. Today was a windy day so I decided to go over there with my contact mic and see what kind of sounds this bulky pile of metal emitted when assisted by the wind.
A sample from one of the recordings made today:
Geek note: Homebuilt piezo contact mic -> Sony PCM-D50