Squeaky Door

Lately, the weather in NYC has been less than beautiful.  We’ve been hit with over 10 inches of snow that has been mixed with rain, making a slushy nasty mess all around.  I went outside on Saturday to see if I could find some interesting slushy sounds, but I was less than thrilled with the results.  After an hour outside in the nasty slush, I decided to move back indoors, and that is when I remembered that we had an incredibly squeaky door that I have been meaning to record for quite some time.

It might look like we live on a 45° angle, or in the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but don’t worry, it is just the photo.  The door might not be crooked, but it sure can squeak:

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There is a slight edit in the recording: after I opened the door, I stepped inside and then closed it, so the perspective definitely shifts.  I figured I was going inside, I might as well record the door from the inside.

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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  1. Awwww, yeah. Insane. It’s so pronounced that if it was in a movie, I’d think the sound designer would have gone too far! Very cool!

  2. Im not sure what attracts recordists to squeaky doors and sneaker scrubs. The hotel room door I stayed in during Hydrophonia 2009 / Italy was a great example. I only included a short clip in the linked recording but must of spent 20 minutes squeaking the door until it sounded “just right” :)


    Kind Regards

  3. For a moment, I was taken back to Kiev and my ‘Elevator from Hell’ (our apartment door at the end of the ride) http://tinyurl.com/yza24h9

  4. i’m pretty sure you could make that door talk, like chewbaccas long lost cousin…

  5. Sounds like the hatch from ‘Lost’ !


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