Rocket Man

I’ve been listening to a fair bit of early Elton John these days, which jogged a memory of weird times spent in the deserts of Southern California.  Back in the spring of 2008, I made arrangements with the DART organization to record some rockets.  The Diego Area Rocket Team (DART) is a chartered section of the National Association of Rocketry, which was founded in Des Moines, Iowa and relocated to San Diego in the late 1960’s.  They were very kind and patient and made it incredibly easy to record.  I originally posted something in June of 2008, but the power of Elton John on a long drive reminded me that I had a bunch more SFX to master.

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Recording Geek Note:

This rocket is a H Motor recorded with a DPA 4060 mounted just a few feet away from the launch pad.  The DPA is also mixed with a Schoeps MS pair with a MK4 running as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.

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Corkscrew Imagery

Way back in December I did some recording down at Corkscrew Swamp in Florida.  I was lucky enough to have my brother join me for the excursion and he took some pretty wonderful photographs.  If you dug the recordings from back then, I highly recommend you check out the photographs.  It is really killer work.

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Paradise in Narrowsburg, NY

Since the Missus and I have been back in NYC for a while, we realize how important it is to get out of town from time to time.  I’m quite lucky to have in-laws who are always willing to share the getaway house on the Upper Delaware in New York State.  I know that this past year would have been very different  if I didn’t have the opportunity to get out of dodge and get to this little slice of paradise.

It is hard to argue you with a view like that.  Actually, let’s zoom out a bit . . . .

Yeah, you really can’t argue with that.  Spring is finally here and that means that bird life is teeming.  We had the pleasure of watching a group of turkey vultures pick at a deer carcass all through the day today, but unfortunately they didn’t make much sound.  They were actually quite civil towards each other.  I took the opportunity this weekend to record some of the birdlife, without the very polite turkey vultures.

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I set up my gear on the deck in the backyard; this recording starts at around 5:00 AM.  Unfortunately, paradise is not immune from vehicular traffic, but this is one of the cleaner sections.  If you listen closely, you can hear the river flowing and tons of little birdies going to town.

I’d be grateful for any species IDs in the comments.

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.

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Brooklyn Bridge Rumbles

The other day, I took a ride onto the Brooklyn Bridge on my road bike to record some ambience.  The Brooklyn Bridge has a wooden walkway that sits above the vehicular traffic and is subdivided into two parts: one side is for pedestrians and the other is for cyclists.  I’m a cyclist and  I think that, when it comes to bridges in New York, the Brooklyn Bridge is a bit of a death trap.  It is full of tourists admiring the view who constantly walk into the bike lane.  But, alas, this post is not an inditment of pedestrians.  It is about the sound of the bridge.

I planted myself in front of a bridge support so that I could record the sound of bikes passing on the right, pedestrians passing on the left, cars below, as well as whatever else came my way.

I went out with my compact rig, which consists of a pair of DPA 4060s powered by a Sound Devices MP-2 tracked to a Sony PCM-M10.  It is small enough to be discreet and not draw too much attention.

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The DPAs have a surprising amount of low end, and I am consistently impressed with what those little guys can do.  If you listen closely, you can hear the constant creaking of the bridge, occasional voices, and the familiar sound of a bicycle bell warning the wayward tourists.

Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of a pair of DPA 4060s mounted stealthily on either side of a backpack on top of the Brooklyn Bridge.  It was all tracked to a Sony PCM-M10, with Sound Devices MP2 as a front end.

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