Archives for the month of: January, 2011

I’m at my grandparents place helping them with their sheep and other duties this weekend as my grandfather hurt his right hand falling a couple of weeks ago.

Close to their house a couple of Eagle Owls is nesting and I’d hoped to hear them while being here, as their call is most certainly a sign of the oncoming spring.

At dusk this afternoon I got lucky. I heard one of them calling while tending the sheep so I walked around for a bit trying to locate where the sound came from. After awhile I found a good spot in the outskirts of the garden and put my D50 on the ground and pressed REC (I didn’t bring any gear except the D50 and my OKM’s with me going here). After walking away about 10 meters from the D50 I started scanning the surroundings. Suddenly my eyes detected a small movement in a tree some 30 meters in front of me. After focusing a while i managed to distinguish the contour of something pretty large sitting on one of the lower branches. I’d been standing there watching (and being watched) for about three minutes when it took of.

It’s not unusual at all to encounter Eagle Owls here as a couple is nesting about 200 m from my grandparents place. You can literally see the bird nest from one of my grandparents windows. So, next time coming here I’ll bring my NT1-A’s with me to hopefully get some good quality recordings of this mighty bird. Until then you’ll have to settle with this:

 

Geek note: Sony PCM-D50 (mics placed X/Y 90 degrees)

Last Monday I went to Stockholm on a short trip with work. I am like Des Coulam when it comes to at least two aspects; I rarely leave my recording equipment at home and I enjoy the sounds at railway stations. So I took the chance to record some train related sounds while heading north.

Please use headphones when listening.

The two recordings below are from down by the tracks of the newly re-built central station in Malmö. The first recording, in which you hear an approaching train, is made at a less crowded part of the platform.

 

When recording the second session I placed myself in the middle of a crowd waiting for an arriving train.

 

The last recording is made at the rear end of one of the railway wagons on a X2000 (the Swedish fast train) bound for Stockholm. Close to Södertälje something interesting happened while I was recording; the train passed through a number of tunnels that pressurized the space I was standing in, making the hearing on my right ear diminish for a while. This is something that most of you probably have experienced at one time or another. Once at home I listened at the recording from the train and noticed that the pressure probably also had affected the microphone placed in my right ear. You can hear it at about 2:55 into the recording.

 

Can someone who is more technically oriented please explain this to me?

Geek note: All recordings made with Soundman OKM-II Klassik -> Sony PCM-D50.

Last week I spent a couple of days working in Gothenburg. When trying to sleep at night in my hotel room I became aware of a weird ticking sound coming from the fire alarm.

The recording below is all I got in between the handling noise I caused (the D50 is really sensitive when it comes to that) when standing on a chair reaching for the alarm that was located just beneath the ceiling.

Geek note: Sony PCM-D50 (internal mics pointing straight forward)