Annual Steam Pipes

It is turning into a tradition at my apartment to record my steam pipes and radiators every year (check out 2010 and 2009). I can’t seem to help it because they are so damn characterful. Every year they let out crazier sounds. I’m beginning to think that the pipes and radiators know I’m recording. Yesterday was one of the colder days of the season and this steam pipe was working overtime:

The above clip was when it kicked into high gear and started pushing out a tremendous amount of steam. They can get really violent and on occasion that have roused me from a deep sleep. I can’t wait to see what sounds come out of these things this winter.

Recording Geek Notes:  DPA 4060 tracked to Sound Devices 744T at 24/96. The Capsule of the DPA was mounted just alongside the valve . . . .  close enough to melt it.


Occupy Chants

The occupy protests have waned in New York since their home base of Zuccotti Park is no longer available to them to camp in. At one point it seemed like there was a protest occurring every other day, but these days with cold weather setting in the group is more strategic about their movements.

Back on November 5th I recorded a protest that marched on the steps on New York’s Supreme court. Within a short time most of the protesters were threatened with arrest if they didn’t move off the courthouse steps and sidewalk. Some protesters stayed and were arrested while others moved into Foley Sqaure which is a public park across the street.

There were numerous chants during the arrests, but this “shame” chant I recorded was the most of commonly repeated.

The protests were mostly peaceful, but I did witness a few “snatch and grabs” when several individuals just grabbed cameras and took off. I would imagine a number of protesters have been the targets of pickpockets for some time. Thankfully my gear is just a bit too heavy to rip off my shoulders.

Recording Geek Note: The crowds were recorded with Schoeps CMC5′s setup for MS with an MK4 as the Mid. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96 with a Cooper CS-104 used a front end.