category: field

Morning shadows

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Bells – St. Clemens Church, Büsum, German North Sea Coast
Early one cold Sunday morning in November.
Unedited binaural field recording, 02:57. Taken with Soundman OKM microphone and mini disc recorder.

I recommend headphones so that you can enjoy the realistic sound as if you were there.

 

NOTE: The Audiotalaia Netlabel run by sound artist Edu Comelles has released my “Serendipity Effects” last summer.

 

© rb

© rb

 This is a bit of a blackbird’s tweet as an envelope curve on my computer screen
 

 

My blackbird visitor, singing – 02:16

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I was sitting at my PC doing a sound mix with headphones on. It was that sunny Sunday two weeks ago, early afternoon. I’m totally concentrated when I do a mix, normally. But that day I got distracted –in a positive way– by a sound that didn’t come through my headphones. It came from our balcony on the upper floor, and it was a blackbird singing. I interrupted my work and listened. It was singing lovely. It made me so happy to hear that bird singing. And the little fellow didn’t stop. My directional microphone was ready to hand. I had used it the day before. So I sneaked up the stairs and spotted the bird on the balcony railing. The bird was facing the trees in the backyard. I hid behind the corner at the top of the stairs when I made the recording. From where I stood I could not precisely point the mic in the bird’s direction, because it would have noticed me and flown away. Never mind, I am happy about the little tiny real life sound event. The singing blackbird did make me stop and think that I should much more often realize the beauty of the little things.

One of the many good side effects about the internet is that you can have nice surprising encounters. While searching the internet about blackbirds I stumbled across the blog by Tanya Watts. “Life is filled with pretty things, enjoy them!” seems to be her motto. She reminded me also of a song which is one of my favourites but I haven’t listened to it for almost a year: Jason Mraz’ “Life is wonderful”. Thank you, Tanya! Here is “Mr. Blackbird”, especially for you.

 ♦

 

© rb


Once again this is the morning-kitchen-window-photo.

Yesterday when I looked at it in my 9th-November-post it made me think of a rainfall in late August. We had lots of rainfall this summer, here in Germany. It was pouring heavily while I made myself a coffee, that morning. I like the smell of coffee brewing in a French press. I also like the smell of rain and so I opened the window. And then … I felt something was different … the rain seemed   different to me

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Binaural field recording    Clip duration 03:10

I recommend listening with headphones.

 

Riding a train in Germany
can provide
moments of enjoyment.
Riding taxis in Germany or going by tube can really be fun, I grant. All very good and useful means of transport, comfortably and fast.

But there is a funny little vehicle around in South East Asia and known all over the world, that beats many other public transport vehicles in the way in which it impresses its passengers.  Riding a 3-wheeler is an adventure, especially for Europeans!

 

These auto rickshaws with 3 wheels
have no doors and no seat belts.
They have a top-speed of around 50 Km/h and their motors sound like lawn mowers. But they are extremely manoeuvrable. I have heard they can even be turned in circles at the same spot. I haven’t seen it yet, nor have I journalistically examined the artistically quality of their performance. However, one thing is for sure: they squeeze through the heaviest traffic and fit into the smallest imaginable gap. Riding a 3-wheeler is guaranteed to be memorable.

Please get your headphones before climbing in. Enjoy the ride!

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Unedited field recording
(Photos © R.Burbach)

 

 

 

12 years !  -   So I think it’s time to give my little true helper an extra mention.

12 years – That’s how long I have been recording with this pair of ear microphones. Quite some radio features I have created with its help. And quite  some sound engineers were impressed by the sound quality. My OKM Soundman consists of an adapter with battery and the two tiny microphones.

In-ear-microphones allow binaural recordings. (Binaural = with both ears.) Binaural recording is a method of making spatially, almost realistic recordings for headphone listening, creating an effect for as if you were actually there.

Since I started my radio work I have been recording sounds of the environment (often called ‘field recordings’). Most of all I have been fascinated by urban sounds and I still am. When I first used ear microphones it was a sonic experience unlike anything I had known. And I found environmental recordings even more fascinating. The city as a listening space, that is what fascinates me so much. All the different sounds a city can offer.

In my soundscape See you in Siam you can find sounds of the City of Bangkok, the loud sounds of the streets and the shopping malls, and the very soft ones like inside the Skytrain. You can listen to See you in Siam here on Soundcloud. Also on my Soundcloud-page there is the recording Uphill with birds. It is a sound of a mountain landscape, recorded on a hill near to a serpentine road.
Should you like some information about field recordings, here you can find it.