category: field

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.

 

asphalt

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Is it possible to identify a city in sound?

The well-known, the world cities yes. In New York, Lagos, Baghdad, Mumbai there are unique sounds by which someone in Dubai, Berlin or Dakar could identify the city, without having been there. But if you asked people in Tbilisi, Beijing or Bosten to listen to sounds of less-known cities like Manama, Doha or Kiel …? We can only recognize what we have already learned.
These were my thoughts when I realised I had no photo to this recording and tried to find one instead. This recording was taken in one of the less-known cities, in global terms. I did not particularly try to set sound marks that identify the recording location. For my purposes it is much more important to me to capture the spatial quality of a place as good as possible, the movement of people and the ambience.

This recording is a lucky chance. Late-summer day, late afternoon, 4.30/ 5.00 pm, unusually good weather, a scenario as if it was a grand summer finale, what it actually was, as it turned out. The next day summer had gone. I wanted to go across the square towards the main station and get my train quickly but then decided spontaneously against the train and for an extensive recording with ear microphones
(OKM Soundman).

Bremer Marktplatz   02:25   mp3
Unedited excerpt, binaural stereo

Made to be listened to with headphones

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adjusted to the darkness

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RB Night sounds – Adjusted to the darkness

 

 

„Night sounds“– Acoustic images

I have taken the recordings  (with a pair of ear microphones, OKM II Soundman)  last summer in order to use them as some stand-alone narrative sequences in my radio piece “Der Nachtportier” – “The night porter”.

While capturing I was standing at the entrance of a city hotel, facing the other side of the street. The night porter normally likes to stand there sometimes after midnight watching the bustle on the streets. I wanted to record from his perspective.

The location provides a wide stereo image, what makes it a great pleasure to record binaural audio.

late check-in

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RB Night sounds – Didn’t I tell you

 

I recommend headphones so that you can get best results while listening.


R E C … R E C … R E C …

I pleaded with the good spirits of field recording for active cooperation: Can you please arrange a pedestrian to come from the extreme left or right edge of my audio stereo image increasingly closer to where I am, then pass by –without talking to me, please, even if I am standing here like a living statue, irritating people–, and then move away to the other edge of the stereo image? You think you can do that? And please, if you don’t mind, I’d like trams coming from each side and voices here and there. And, if possible, can you arrange all that as a narrative sequence, duration, let’s say, 1:30 to 2:00 minutes? Thank you.  –  Everything worked fine.

 

costas closed earlier tonight 1200

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RB night sounds – Costas closed earlier tonight