The Ice Crusher

photo credit flickr/Fecki

This past weekend my in-laws invited me out to the country for a much needed rest.  I recently started a new job and I am still in the midst of a move, so sleep is not something I am getting much of these days.  A weekend away is just what I needed.  Along with a lots of bike riding, sleep, and nature sounds outside of the city, I discovered some interesting sonic features in my in-laws’ home.  There is a bar in the living room, and what is a good bar without an ice crusher?  That is right  . . .   not much of a bar!  Not only does this little contraption break up ice into little pieces, but it makes a fair bit of racket.  Luckily I brought my recorder on my weekend getaway and was able to capture the soothing sounds of the ice crusher.  Now where is that martini?

Enjoy!

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Brooklyn Landing

I recently took a new job in New York, which meant a departure from the midwest and a homecoming of sorts.  I grew up on the east coast and spent many years living in the Big Apple, but this is my first foray into the borough of Brooklyn.  I thought it would be appropriate to document my first full weekend in the new apartment, so I set my microphones up in the window of my living room and let the recorder roll.

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The first file was recorded at 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 9.  It is full of the typical sounds you would expect: planes, traffic rolling by, kids playing, and city birds chirping.  What I was not expecting was the sound of my neighbor’s cat purring on the floor below me (at least that is what I think it is.)  It occurs about 30 seconds into the recording, so let me know if you think I am right.  The Good Humor man also shows up on two occasions, but you’ll have to listen for that on your own!

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The second file was recorded at 5:00 AM Sunday, May 10. It also features the same city sounds, but it is missing the kids and the cat as I suspect that neither species was up that early.  I definitely wasn’t!  I set the timer on my Sound Devices recorder, let it kick into record on its own and got a few more hours of sleep.

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