Upstate NY River Ice

Frank Bry and I have been chatting about winter recording a lot these day; one of things we keep discussing is how damn mild this winter has been so far. Mild winters can really put a damper of winter-based recordings. This weekend I got my wish: cold weather.

The Missus and I travelled upstate and we had our first significant cold snap of winter. Temperatures hit below 0°F at night and only got to about 10°F during the day. This sudden change in temperature caused the upper Delaware River to freeze. It took the entire weekend for the ice to build up, but the river finally crawled to a standstill this morning. The Missus and I headed down to the river’s edge to get some decent ice cracks and crunches before driving back to the city.

Sadly there is a road and train tracks that parallel the river, so getting clean recordings can be a challenge. The river only had a very thin layer of ice so all of the cracks on the recording came from slight shifts and movements in the ice from the shore line.

Recording Geek Note: The cracks were recorded with Schoeps CMC5′s setup for MS with an MK4 as the Mid. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/192.

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Paradise in Narrowsburg, NY

Since the Missus and I have been back in NYC for a while, we realize how important it is to get out of town from time to time.  I’m quite lucky to have in-laws who are always willing to share the getaway house on the Upper Delaware in New York State.  I know that this past year would have been very different  if I didn’t have the opportunity to get out of dodge and get to this little slice of paradise.

It is hard to argue you with a view like that.  Actually, let’s zoom out a bit . . . .

Yeah, you really can’t argue with that.  Spring is finally here and that means that bird life is teeming.  We had the pleasure of watching a group of turkey vultures pick at a deer carcass all through the day today, but unfortunately they didn’t make much sound.  They were actually quite civil towards each other.  I took the opportunity this weekend to record some of the birdlife, without the very polite turkey vultures.

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I set up my gear on the deck in the backyard; this recording starts at around 5:00 AM.  Unfortunately, paradise is not immune from vehicular traffic, but this is one of the cleaner sections.  If you listen closely, you can hear the river flowing and tons of little birdies going to town.

I’d be grateful for any species IDs in the comments.

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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Narrowsburg, NY Birdies

Narrowsburg

Here are some birdies that I recorded on a trip to Narrowsburg New York.  It was the middle of May, 2007.  I was recording right on the Delaware river, and this is just a short excerpt.

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