Hockey Hockey Hockey

I have one major sporting vice and that is hockey.  If you have been reading this blog, you know that there have been several hockey recordings over the last couple of years:  I recorded the pond hockey championships back in Minneapolis and a Harvard hockey game when I was in Boston. This past weekend, I decided to step in up a notch.  I went to a professional game in the area between two teams that shall remain nameless so as not to incite the ire of the NHL.  I decided to get some good crowd sounds  . . .  lots of “ooohs”, “aahhs”, and “yeahs”.  It was a hell of game; normally, I would have been yelling and screaming, but I had to really hold back so that I would not overlap the recordings.  The beginning of the recording features a couple of near misses from the home team, but, as you can hear, they finally manage to put one in the back of the net.

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Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of a pair of DPA 4060s mounted stealthily on either side of a backpack inside of an arena with 18,000 plus fans screaming in excitement.  It was all tracked to a Sony PCM-M10, with Sound Devices MP2 as a front end while trying to avoid the the away team’s fans.

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EagleFest Electric Chainsaw

Back in January, I posted a recording of a guy taking a chainsaw to a log . . .  and an hour or so later there was a big wooden eagle for everyone to see.  On that same day, there was another guy with a chainsaw carving an eagle out of a block of ice.

Unfortunately for our ice sculpting friend, it was unseasonably warm that day; his eagle kept falling apart and ice was melting all around him.  Before long, he was working in a puddle of water.  I had been recording for a few minutes when I realized he was working with an electric saw and he seemed to have every electric tool possible!  I didn’t think that was such a smart move for a guy working with melting ice.

I didn’t stick around to see him finish, but the word on the street is that he managed to finish without getting electrocuted.  In terms of the sound, the electric chainsaw is a bit more subdued and consistent than its gas-guzzling cousin.  The only bummer was the crowd around him overlapping my recording.  Regardless, it is a fun recording and I’m glad he is still living.

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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 Sony PCM-M10, with Sound Devices MP2 as a front end while trying to avoid getting electrocuted.

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Cellar Manoeuvres in the Dark

This past weekend, I was back in Upstate NY again, as it is hard to resist getting out of New York City these days.  Unfortunately, it was raining most of the weekend and we even lost power for over 30 hours.  Instead of lamenting the lack of power, I decided to make lemonade out of lemons and do some recording.

I remembered that the house had storm cellar doors in the basement and I trucked my gear downstairs to record the sound of the heavy rain banging off the big metal doors.  I wish this photo was clear, but, as I mentioned, we had no power and not much light; the little bit of light you see is the light creeping through the edge of the storm cellar doors.  The room with the cellar doors  is separated from the rest of the basement, so that the heavy rain drops reflected all over the narrow closed-in space.

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One of the other bonuses of the black out was that all the heavy machinery that makes noise was off: no noisy water heater, walter filters and such means a clean recording.

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 in the dark.

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Under The Bridge Downtown

This past weekend, I found myself upstate New York with my hydrophone and I got inspired. My in-laws have a getaway house right on the Delaware River, and, what’s even better, there is a cool bridge with metal grating ten minutes down the road.

I could have just recorded it, but I’ve been inspired by the recent hydrophone recordings of Noise Jockey, so I said to myself, “I’m not only going to record underneath this bridge, I’m going to record the sound of this bridge underwater.” While I was down there, I ran into two guys fishing . . . I thought that these guys fishing under a bridge in 30 degree weather were crazy, but then I realized I had just tossed a hydrophone in the water.

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Initially, I didn’t think the recordings were all that hot, but when I got back home to edit I was pleasantly surprised. Next time I get up there, I am going to have to record above the water and see how that sounds.

Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of 1 Dolphin Ear Pro hydrophone and it was all tracked to a Sony PCM-M10 with a Sound Device MP2 as a front end, while trying not to fall in.

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