Brooklyn Dogs Next Door

When you live in New York City you have to come to terms with a few simple facts of life:

  • You will pay too much for a tiny apartment.
  • You will not have enough space for your worldly possessions.
  • At some point in time, little yappy dogs will move in next door and annoy the hell out of you.

All of the above are currently true for me … well, occasionally true. Several times a month 3 little dogs move into the apartment across the hall for days at a time. These dogs have insane separation anxiety, so whenever my Missus or I walk up the stairs they start yapping away. I’m not sure why the dogs only show up a few times a month, but they do. Maybe they are housesitting?

After several months of their yapping, I thought it was time to commit the buggers to tape.

And here is a distant take where the creak of my door set them off.

The dogs where recorded from just outside my apartment door, which is about 6 feet from their apartment.


Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5′s 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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Waiting for Sandy

I’ve been known to record a few ambiences from my Brooklyn apartment over the years. Hurricane Sandy is on her way, and there is not much going on outside … yet.

Here’s a bit of ambience I recorded last week during a short rainstorm:

Light rain was falling, a small bird chirped away, and the occasional car rolled by on the street. This recording was made around rush hour, and I’m struck by the relative quiet. We’ll see what Sandy brings tomorrow.


Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5′s setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96 with a Cooper CS–104 as a front end.

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