Red Hook Motors

It’s been a little while since I have taken my hydrophones out on the town, so when the weather was looking good last Sunday, I took my bike and my gear out for a ride to Red Hook, Brooklyn.  If you listen closely (or not so closely), you can hear a fair bit of boat traffic in the East River.  There are small motor boats and some big tankers roaming around, so it is only in a select few moments when you can actually hear the water sloshing around.  This week’s recording clocks in around 30 minutes so take your time and take in the soothing underwater sounds of the urban river that some call “The East River.”  It’s no Gitche Gumee, but it’s still pretty damn cool.

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Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of 2 Dolphin Ear Pro hydrophones and it was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96, while trying not to get wet.

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Lincoln Center

A few weeks back, the weather was beautiful and I was riding around NYC on my bike looking for interesting places to record.  I decided to take a break at Lincoln Center and, after sitting there for a while, I thought the ambience of the place was kind of pleasant so I pulled the gear out and started recording.  The main fountain was quite a ways off in the distance, but there was a fair bit of foot traffic and dachshund traffic.

I have no idea what performances were on deck that night, but the afternoon’s activity was enough for me.

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Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96, while trying not to scare the old people having lunch.

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The Hudson Burps

New York has recently been blessed with some lovely weather, which means that I have managed to get out on my bike to do some exploring.  I’ve been lugging my gear around just in case I run across something interesting, and this past week I got lucky.  The Hudson River Greenway is a two-way bike path that runs almost the whole length of Manhattan.  A healthy chunk of that ride is full of beautiful views of the Hudson, and green spaces along the way.

This day on the bike was warm, but a bit windy, and the waters were crashing up against the concrete barriers of the Hudson River Park’s walkways.  One of the nicer features of the park are the walkways over the water where old piers used to sit.  The walkways are made out of metal grating, so I was able to plant my butt down with my microphones and record the water crashing and bubbling up through the holes.

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The only bummer of this day was the sounds of the Westside Highway in the background, but it is New York City after all.

Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96, while trying not get splashed by the dirty waters of the hudson.

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Cornet in the Park

I was running around NYC yesterday recording a variety of things, and as I was cruising through Central Park on my bike, I ran into Larry the Coronet Player.  It was an unseasonably warm day, and it seemed like everyone was out.  As I was riding through the park near Columbus Circle, I went past Larry playing and doubled back to hear him play “Autumn in New York.”  An appropriate tune for the time of year, but maybe not the weather we are having here.

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Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.  I recently discovered I had a really comfortable bag that could fit my recorder, rycote, and headphones and not have the gear jabbing me in the back while riding.  It is really nice to be able to hop off the bike and be recording in just a few minutes.

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Halloween in Brooklyn

Halloween in New York City is always a bit nutty, when every moron comes out of the woodwork to run around the west side of Manhattan.  However, things tend to be slightly mellower in Brooklyn.

There is a great kids’ parade in a local park around the corner from me; there were tons of little bugs, chickens, Star Wars characters and even one walking Leaning Tower of Pisa.  It was a great opportunity to get out and record some great crowd sound and enjoy the spectacle.  If you listen closely, you can hear that one parent thought I was dressed up as a sound guy.  I got a real kick out of that.  Who knew that I had the perfect costume?!

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Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96 by a guy in a sound guy costume.

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