Going out to the countryside for a relaxing vacation can be an unexpectedly noisy experience. The barn in the picture below is where my grandparents sheep are housed at night during the colder seasons, but it turned out to be far from deserted even this time of year. Swallows flew back and forth, kittens were playing in the loft, a couple of pigeons was going about their business and flies buzzed around.

Geek note: 2 x Røde NT1-As (ORTF, 17 cms spacing, 110 degrees) -> Sound Devices 702

By the end of last week the weather got more dramatic with hard winds blowing in from Skagerak, gaining their strength from the Atlantic ocean. I headed up on crest west of the farm, from where you have a nice view of the ocean below.

On the top of the crest is an old cairn in which I placed my stereo rig in protection from the wind.

If you think that the stereo width sounds somewhat flat it’s because the placement within the cairns sheltering walls. This location was the only option for making the recording as the gusts where battering down hard from all directions. Despite this I must say that I’m pretty satisfied with the results.

Geek note: 2 x Røde NT1-As (ORTF, 17 cms spacing, 110 degrees) -> Sound Devices 702 (Low-cut filter on; 80Hz – 18dB/oct)

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