East River Rumbles

This recording dates back to October 2009.  I was wandering around with my gear and I ended up at Brooklyn Bridge Park along the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge was off to my left.  Water taxis, tourist boats, and helicopters were all whizzing by and the promenade was full of random people goofing off.  One of my favorite moments that day was when two women approached me:  ”Are you recording?  Yo, are you recording?”  I love when that happens!  I went on to explain that I was recording the ambience there, which seemed to confuse them.  One of the women went on to tell me how she just finished working on a new hip hop single.  I don’t know how recording the random sounds of Brooklyn Bridge Park makes me a powerful record mogul, but somehow it did.  Didn’t anyone tell these ladies that the recording industry is broken?

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One nice detail in this recording is the sound of flagpole ropes rattling against a flagpole that was off to my left.  In the midst of the boats and aircraft rumbling by, it was a subtle repetitive sound that stood out to me.

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 get accosted by random morons.

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Big Ship!

Doesn’t this photo just exude cold?  It was December in Duluth, MN and it was freezing!  It must have been about  -20°F, and I was freezing.  I travelled up to Duluth from Minneapolis to try and record some big shipping vessels that run on the Great Lakes.  Duluth, MN is one of the major stops on Lake Superior (some called it Gitche Gumee) where ships pick up coal and takonite pellets.  Shipping on the Great Lakes has slowed considerably over the last 20 years, but the ships are quite a sight to see and hear.

In order for the ships to get in and out of the docks they have to pass under a lift bridge and make their way through a narrow canal.  On this day, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. picked up some takonite pellets and passed under the lift bridge around noon.  If you listen closely you can hear the ship passing through ice sitting on top of the water, before the ship blows it horn (warning this is a very dynamic recording).  Once the ship passes you’ll also hear the voice of the maritime museum’s educator on an outdoor PA system, and the warning bells of the Duluth lift bridge sounds as the bridge descends.

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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 in the freezing cold.  I also couldn’t have made this trip without the help of my loyal friend Johnny Vince Evans.

Photos courtesy of Johnny Vince Evans.

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