Archives for the month of: November, 2010

Ludvig Cimbrelius, a dear friend of mine, is releasing a very nice song under the alias Alveol. It’s a split-ep together with Timo Camillo on the label 26 Tea Drops International . Listen carefully to Blue Lips not just for the immense experience you may get but also as you in the end of the song may distinguish one of my field recordings, kids playing in a schoolyard in Stuvsta south of Stockholm.

Keep your eyes (and ears) open for the upcoming 12″ release by Ludvig on Mule Electronic. Pure bliss if you ask me!

Check out some of his other stuff here: Purl Rust

Yesterday when I woke up this awaited me:

The lock on my bike had frozen and I’m broke so I had to walk to work which took me about 50 minutes. What better way to spend a morning walking through the snow than listening to The coldest season with Echospace? A nice feature when using headphones that aren’t closed is that the sounds around you often blend in nicely with the music you’re listening to. Cars passing by obviously fit very well with Echospace’s murmuring sounds.

This is what Möllevångstorget in Malmö sounds like after lunch during a weekday. It’s recorded about the same hours as the square in Limhamn (see Public spaces pt. 1) but on a different day. The recording starts with me walking around for one and a half minute, after that I stand still at the same location in the middle of the marketplace.

Please use headphones when listening to this quasi-binaural recording

I really like listening to recordings made at familiar locations as I afterwards often get a totally different sense of the place. When using your ears as an instrument in the field you are selective in choosing what to focus on, you take all visual impressions of a place and combine them with your hearing to get the motion picture in surround sound. But at home, listening to one of these familiar places, all the details that you in field selectively didn’t notice appears. Somehow I get the feeling of deeper tuning into what actually surrounded me, my post-presence gives me all the details that where unnoticeable when being present.

I hope that some of you that are familiar with these public places will sense the same thing even though you won’t be remembering the visual impressions from the specific moments of the recordings.

Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50

A couple of weeks ago I made this recording down at a small square between two supermarkets in Limhamn. There were two groups of people present that seemed familiar with each other even though they didn’t sit together. So i placed myself between them and recorded this:

Please use headphones when listening to this quasi-binaural recording

 

I’m working on a small project right now recording different public spaces in and around Malmö, so this recording is the first in a series. I’m interested in finding out if and how the soundscapes differ in different places that perform the same function; being social venues for various groups of people.

Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50

Close to Matildas parents place are some fairly large substations located, they’re connected to a cable for exporting/importing electricity which is transported underneath the Baltic sea to and from Poland. I walked up there when the sun was setting and ended up recording in complete darkness. After recording about ten minutes I was almost scared to death by two deers that suddenly appeared on the road about five meters in front of me. I had my back turned against the microphones while still monitoring the recording so you won’t hear them on the recording and neither did I when they approached. They didn’t seem to notice me at all.

I went up to this place once before to record in mono with my Sennheiser ME64, but I wasn’t satisfied with the result and have ever since been longing to capture it in stereo with a pair of low self-noise microphones.

Unfortunately I forgot my camera when leaving Malmö so I don’t have any pictures that will give you an idea about what it looks like there.

In the first recording I centered my stereo rig in front of two pylons and directed my microphones up towards the power lines. The crackling sound is coming from two sets of coils, one hanging under each pylon. About 1:30 you’ll hear some kind of machinery starting in a building to the left to which the power lines connects.

 

The second recording is made at the place where the electricity is transferred from the cable under ground to power lines above ground. For some reason I get an error message when trying to put two players from Bandcamp in the same post (“TypeError: Error #1010”, anybody knows why?) so here’s the link to the second recording:

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Geek note: Both recordings made with 2xRøde NT1-As (ortf position, 9 cm spacing, angled 90 degrees) -> Rolls PB223 -> Sony PCM-D50