December – Wadden Sea – North Sea coast – Germany

 

This is the seabed I’m walking on     06:11  mp3

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Electroacoustic track for headphone listening
– combining ambient, found sound and field recordings –

 

nightshift with storm

On that special Friday in October I got the Ohrwurm.
That’s an ear microphone pair.

I’ve had the OKM Soundman binaural microphone for ages and I want to keep it that way. I’ve realized so many radio projects with it. I took it on long working trips to the tropics. It made great quality recordings, despite extreme humidity, heat and cold. I climbed pyramids with it and descended a gold mine. And the sound engineers were always taken with its performance. In the world of technical gadgets, my OKM soundman may be offended at the moment – if I’m as great as you say, why then the new one? – It may take revenge on the next recordings, who knows, with small failures to make me realize what I have in him. But the Ohrwurm 3D is not a rival. It gets its own job, that will become apparent over time. Both microphones have their special characteristics and qualities.  I can now vary according to the application.

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Stormy     03:08, mp3    For headphone listening

Hurricane gusts were predicted for that Friday, the strongest gusts would come after midnight, they said.

I sat at the computer while it raged outside. I had the Ohrwurm ready. Shooting storm from the window, is not the ideal presentation for ear microphones, not at all, it just doesn’t do them justice. Therefore, this is not meant to be a technical recording presentation. It is just nice to listen to. 

Recorded with Ohrwurm 3D and the ZOOM H 5 Recorder.

The Ohrwurm is microphone that you don’t hang  in  your ear cup like the OKM Soundman, but  on  your ear. For more Information please take this path to Wolfgang Winne. He developed the Ohrwurm-microphones and each one is handmade.

Bin am Fluss - Möwenperspektive

 

For headphone listening:  Binaural field recording, taken with in-ear-microphones

Looking for suitable recording locations and sound spaces, I arrive at the river and immediately think it’s too late. Too late for what? River idyll? I should have been here earlier in the day for that, much earlier, around 6 in the morning. Now it’s 3 in the afternoon. But I don’t really want an idyll. I want a surprise …

Sunday afternoon at 3: You’re standing by the river. There is where the seagulls always doze off early in the morning. You lean at the railing, your arms supported and look at the sparkling water. The sky is blue, it’s autumn already, but still warm. Maybe the last warm day of the year, you never know.
The sun shines in your face. You close your eyes. The waves splash down close below you, because somewhere, far away, a boat moves the water. You are hearing the people behind you walking on the promenade. And far to the right, in your back, a bicycle bell, an airplane, a woman, a man, the bright voice of a child and next to you the crying of the seagull. Is it you, with the microphones in your ears, who excites the bird, because you’re sitting so strangely, motionlessly, silently listening? You’re right in the middle of that big, wide stage of noises now…

 

From 04:20 the idyll is over, it gets loud.

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At the river – Seagull’s perspective

Meeting Monsters     (07:13, mp3)

I recorded with Soundman-OKM-Classic binaural in-ear-mics into a ZOOM H 5.
Sunday afternoon, 19 degrees, sunny, little wind. Position: Seagull’s perspective as in the picture. The river is 250 meters wide at the place. Flat shipyard buildings opposite and flat land. Behind me a promenade, and people walking. Behind the promenade there are green areas with paths through them.

In the sound recording, you can hear me commenting on what’s going on, in German, I’m sorry. This is about what I’m saying about the loud boats: These boats are racing down the river as if they were in a war. And that’s what they look like too, very small military green one-man-boats and very fast. Six or seven small but powerful fury snorting monsters.

 

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