posts with tag: field recording
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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.

 

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!

 

 

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Temple of Dambulla. Field recording. 03:18. 192 kbps.

This recording I made in a Buddhist Temple in Sri Lanka. It was late afternoon. There were still many visitors walking around. Others were sitting in contemplation or lighting the oil lamps. These tiny clay bowls filled with coconot oil and a cotton thread wick in it. The monks I could not see. I tried to follow their voices. I came closer, but still could not see the monks. Their chanting sounded from somewhere in the lateral wings of the temple. Later I went to the Bodhi-Tree. Siddhartha Gautama is said to have achieved enlightenment under a Bo-Tree and thereby became the “Buddha”. It’s nice to hear the gentle sound of wind blowing through the leaves. They are a bit like these stiff poplar leaves and in the wind they make almost a slightly metallic noise.

It’s a binaural recording, best to wear headphones when listening.

 

the noises
of snow

in your hands


when you made snowballs as a little child …
The noises of your footsteps trudging through the snow …

For those of you who like to feel and to hear the snow under their feet but are getting a little fed up with the cold temperatures – here is a piece of my ‘winter collection’ …. You can listen while sitting comfortably warm at the computer or on the sofa, having a nice cup of tea and your headphones on.  Enjoy!

snow

© Ulrich Scholz

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soundscape rb 02:32

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creating
a blog

means making decisions. Many people who’s website I visit live in different corners of the world. So do people I am happy to have met personally.
When we ‘meet’ in the net, we write English. I like the idea that they can now visit my blog. And I also like to make it possible for them to read it. I live in Germany in this little northern corner of Europe. My native language is German. There are only three German-speaking countries in the world. What to do? Write ‘English only’? What about people here in Germany who prefer to read German? What about me? I’m not in the mood to write English every day although I enjoy it most of the time. Sometimes but the words just don’t come so easy in English – nor do they in my native language …
So I’m going to write in English and in German. I will not translate word by word. I wouldn’t keep up with that. Sometimes even I may write a post only in German or only in English.
This is going to be

a blog with sounds …

… at the first place, with collages I made and soundscapes and recordings of everday noises. Sounds need no translation.
My non-sound-posts will also be about my work with sound, I guess, and my radio work, we’ll see.

Thank you for being here.

I hope you enjoy!