It is time to visit some of the archives again at fieldsepulchra. In March, I posted a transfer register I recorded from a turn-of-the-century trolley that I recorded back in 2003. One of my favorite moments from that day was doing some onboard recording. The sequence was: ding the bells, get up to speed, apply the brakes, come to a stop, then open and close the door. The one thing that I didn’t anticipate was the rooster that lived somewhere along the tracks. It was late morning and I have no idea what this rooster was doing vocalizing. Maybe he didn’t like the trolley moving through its turf? He did like ruining my recordings! Now, only 6 years later, can I laugh about it.
This was recorded with my Schoeps MS rig with an MK4 as the mid. It was also recorded before the 744T was in my hands, and I was still running around with a Tascam DA-P1. I used a Sound Devices MP-2 as a front end because the Tascam sounded like shit. The batteries on that recorder were also damn awful, which meant I had to run around with these small lead acid batteries on my belt, but it got the job done! Just don’t forget to tighten your belt.