Cornet in the Park

I was running around NYC yesterday recording a variety of things, and as I was cruising through Central Park on my bike, I ran into Larry the Coronet Player.  It was an unseasonably warm day, and it seemed like everyone was out.  As I was riding through the park near Columbus Circle, I went past Larry playing and doubled back to hear him play “Autumn in New York.”  An appropriate tune for the time of year, but maybe not the weather we are having here.

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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.  I recently discovered I had a really comfortable bag that could fit my recorder, rycote, and headphones and not have the gear jabbing me in the back while riding.  It is really nice to be able to hop off the bike and be recording in just a few minutes.

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Washington Square

This post will be a little short on copy as I’ll let the sounds and the killer photos speak for themselves.  I would like to thank my brother, Dave for the  photos in this week’s post.  You can check out more of his work here.

Over the last few weeks I have been running around NYC recording in various locations, including Washington Square Park.  I planted myself on a park bench and went into record.

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Fall has arrived in New York, but, as you can hear, it hasn’t kept folks out of the parks in the city.  Any respite from tiny hole-in-the-wall apartments is a welcome one.

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The Parks Department

This week’s post features the lovely sounds of Union Square Park in New York City.  After returning to New York, I have been visiting some of my old haunts, and on the way home from work one day, I decided to stop by the park for a short recording.  On a hot summer day, Union Square is usually filled with kids just hanging, elderly folks with nowhere to go, and many others just sunning themselves.

I sat myself down on a little patch of grass with a pair of DPA 4060s in my hat, and a small Zoom H4 recorder in my bag and went to work.  The following is an unedited snapshot of the park at around 7:00 PM on a weeknight in August.

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