posts with tag: soundman okm

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.

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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