Gone Camping with Chris Watson

I’ve just returned from a glorious vacation in the French Pyrenees. The first week was spent with 14 other curious and remarkably generous recordists. It was a one week course led by Camp and Chris Watson. I was first hipped to these workshops from my pals Bob and Bethan Kellough years ago, and I finally decided to attend one after … Read More

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Pleasant Surprises

I don’t always love surprises but I will take pleasant surprises. I’m about to do some traveling and I’ve been shaking down different components of my Schoeps double-ortf rig. I’ve been trying to find ways to set it up and break it down faster than an old man with one of the canes that fold into a seat. I’m getting … Read More

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Ambiences Revisited

It has been quite a while since I contributed anything to this blog, but self-discipline can be fleeting. Life has slowed down a bit over the last few weeks due to an injury and I’ve been somewhat homebound. The time at home has provided me with the opportunity to review some old recordings and to generally feel like a caged … Read More

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Spring has Sprung

Almost ever year I toss some microphones in the window to remind myself what I love and hate about my surroundings. Some people put doggies in the window and other people put mics in the window. This winter was long, but it finally feels like spring may have sprung. The above recording was made around 1:00 PM on Sunday April … Read More

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The Rabbit Family And A Love Letter to Animal Bells

Last week I released The Rabbit Family over at Rabbit Ears Audio, which has prompted a bit of self-reflection. I started this little blog back in 2007 and it is still chugging along. Somewhere along the way it spawned a small business, Rabbit Ears Audio. Both of these sites are very much a labor of love and are creative outlets … Read More

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