posts with tag: binaural recording

„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.

 

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I never travel without my in-ear-microphones.
They look like these little iPod-earphones and provide a haunting spatial sound effect when listening to the recording with headphones. As they are so small and without attracting attention, same is my recorder, I am recording sound practically almost all day when I travel. I start at breakfast. Travelling with me can try the patience of even the most patient travel companion because he never knows whether he can speak or is going to destroy the recording. For my part I hate to admit that I’m recording all the time anyway and therefore every single word might destroy the recording.
My partner always asks: “Are you recording just now?” And I say: “No, no, not just now”, to not make him feel uncomfortable and I hope, please don’t let an amazing sound come up right now so that I might be forced to hiss “Shhh”. It’s horrible to hear myself hissing “Shhh”, when I listen to my recordings in the evening. That’s not me. I always think I am a friendly person …

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As I said, it’s not the real me.

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I started to really listen to and record environmental sounds when I began to make radio features. And when I was in the studio editing those recordings I took immense pleasure in that. Although I didn’t do the technical things at that time. My most favourite were city sounds. Thinking about why that was so and still is I can only say, I think it’s because listening to a city makes me most intensively hear ‘space’. And that sort of ‘natural’ collage of layered sounds, and the waves of noises come up and disappear, all of that, together, yes, I suppose that’s it.
Or take the pass-bys of voices. When I walk a crowded street, it’s a kind of music for me. Indeed these ambient street noises can sound musical. Voices come to the ear in different pitch and duration and some come close to the ear and disappear very fast, others are far away but one can still hear a whole sentence. Also the differences of sounds in a street, depending whether it is a wide or a narrow street with huge buildings or just bungalows or whether it’s summer or winter, for me all these things are absolutely fascinating.
I also take those everyday sounds as the basic material for my sound works. Often I process them electronically and combine different layers of sounds.

 

white canvasA very small town on a very small island at the Caribbean Sea of northern Venezuela. This is a walk down a street wearing in-ear-microphones. It is Sunday about 3 p.m. Everyone is out now on the street after the afternoon siesta and life is in full swing again.

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Field recording “Caribbean street Venezuela”   01:27
I recorded with in-ear-microphones. Listening to the recording with headphone provides a 3-dimensional sound.
 
 
 
sommer geometrie

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Sound post cards on the way!

I am about to listen to my sound material, ‘currently’ at rest on hard disc and not been listened to for a few years. Some recordings still even on mini disc, waiting for transfer. Mini disc?! … … Yes! … … Last week I interviewed someone for a radio feature. When I took a mini disc out of my pocket, the man said to me: “Oh – still?” He was looking bewildered as if I was using a punching tape for recording. Flash cards one way or the other, I will use mini disc as long until my most loved MDP500 recorder goes belly-up and I can’t get it fixed. I hope my recorder’s era will not be over for a long time. And I hope I can transfer all my recordings before my mini disc’s archival life span has expired.

When listening to the sound material I came across some recordings which I think would be ideal as sound post cards and I am going to post them here. Short excerpts, one or two minutes. Enough may be for a short-short drift-away, to calm the nerves or get itchy feet.

Sound post cards are on the way!