Machine Shop Action

This recording dates back to 2003 and was one of my first paying gigs.  I was making radio for a little while and after I bought my first pair of Schoeps I got the occasional odd call.  This gig got me hooked on recording unusual sounds and exploring the sonic universe.  Another radio pal hired me and we set off to record a bunch of big metal machines built in the 1940s and 1950s that were used to repair turn of the century steam engines.

The following recording is of a metal grinder with a several different surfaces.  It is not an amazing recording, but it holds fond memories for me.

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The guys who worked in the shop were damn funny and they had a blast making noise for us all day.  I tacked on a little interaction with the guys at the end of the file.  They were actually quite musical.  I got “lucky” when a chuck flew off a vertical lathe and hit me on the foot.  Ouch!  We still had more than half the day to record and I was afraid to take off my shoe with the fear I wouldn’t be able to put it back on. Thankfully, none of the little piggies were broken and we had a blast the rest of the day.

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Plaster City Rockets

Rockets!

A few weeks back I went out to record the rockets of D.A.R.T.  They are the Diego Area Rocket Team (DART) D.A.R.T., a chartered section of the National Association of Rocketry, was founded in Des Moines, Iowa and relocated to San Diego in the late 1960’s.  They were nice enough to fire a bunch or rockets in relative silence so a colleague and I could get some very clean recordings.This rocket is a I254 Motor recorded with a DPA 4060 mounted just a few feet away from the launch pad. Thanks to Mike Jerauld of DART for his patience and flexibility

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Fireworks!

Fireworks recorded at the Minneapolis Aquatennial July 21, 2007.  They were recorded from the terrace of my apartment, which is about 5 blocks to the east of the Mississippi where the fireworks were being shot off.  

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