Due to some changes in my life I haven’t been able to update the blog, or go out soundhunting, as often as I would have wanted. As I’ve been taking up studying besides work there’s little time to do anything at all except reading, writing and working at the moment.
This will hopefully change pretty soon as I’ve decided to quit my job in a couple of months and eventually move from Malmö. My next city to call home will be Göteborg (Gothenburg), situated about 250 km up north along the coast from where I’m living now. Matilda already moved there and I’m planning to follow her as soon as possible.
It feels kind of sad to leave this city with all its fantastic people, wonderful sounds and its possibilities when it comes to all kinds of experimental cultural expressions. I will definitely miss Malmö.
At the same time I must say that I feel excited to find entirely new environments and soundscapes to explore, which I hopefully will be able to do with more time on my hands. And of course, my old friends will still be here and new ones will hopefully be added. All in all I think this marks the start of something good.
With that said I also have a short recording for you. It’s a noise jam “composed” on my way home from Matilda just after I helped her move north. As I had forgotten my ipod in Malmö I eventually got bored with the monotonous traffic noise surrounding me on the highway so I tried to get our malfunctioning car radio to work. It didn’t turn out that well so I switched from the FM-band to the AM-band in pure desperation at the very moment I drove into a hailstorm. As I turned on the wipers I noticed how the sound they made became amplified through the stereo. Luckily enough I had my portable recorder in a bag beside me so I grabbed for it and pressed rec. This is what I got:
Sandhammaren is a middle-sized nature reserve on the south-eastern tip of Sweden. Mighty dunes, fantastic beaches and perilous sand reefs stretching far out to sea is probably what this beautiful place is best known for. When me and Matilda went there earlier today I took the opportunity to record one of Sandhammarens more charactaristic sounds, what you hear when seeking cover from the wind behind sand dunes; rustling grass.
Geek note: Sony PCM-D50 internal mics spread 120 degrees
This will be my last post for a while as I’ve been running out of space on Soundcloud and can’t afford the upgrade to premium right now. A couple of weeks probably so I guess it won’t be much of a difference when it comes to regularity in updates here anyway.
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 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)