Summer is winding down here on the east coast and one of the iconic sounds of summer in New York City is the sound handball on concrete and asphalt. I don’t know what the statistics are, but if you wander around New York City long enough you’ll start to notice that most parks have multiple handball courts. Somewhere in history of New York, handball managed to become the local sport of champions.
Earlier this summer I took a couple of day trips out to Coney Island and just below the boardwalk, right off the beach is a large slab with about 10 handballs courts. Most of the courts were active when I started to record, and pace of the games slowly began to ramp up. The US Open has nothing on these handball players.
Recording Geek Note: All the crazy handball was recorded with a pair of DPA 4060s tracked to a Sony PCM-M10 with a Sound Devices MP-2 as a front end.
The Missus and I had long standing plans with her cousin to go to Prattsville, NY last weekend. We thought it was perfect timing, since people on the east coast of the US were bracing themselves for the arrival of Hurricane Irene: we can get out of New York City and head inland to avoid the storm. Well, we were wrong about that:
This is how that waterfall normally looks
The damage to Prattsville, and surrounding towns has been devastating, and with FEMA now present, we can only hope that those hardest hit by the storm can get the help that they need. During the storm we were evacuated to higher ground and one of the only sources of information for days was a local online news source called The Watershed Post. Except for a few articles in major newspapers, it is still the only way to get up-to-date information on the various communities in the Catskills affected by the storm.
The Watershed Post also has listings on where you can donate to the relief efforts, so please check it out.
Recording Geek Note: Under the Wife’s cousin’s jacket is a PCM-M10 with a Sound Devices MP-2. If you look closely at my ears you’ll also see DPA-4060s with the little furry rycote covers on them. I replaced that audio from the Canon S95 it was shot on.