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. 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.