Bowling Departure

I am currently in the midst of a move from the midwest back to the east coast.  I suspect that you might be hearing more sounds from that area on the blog in the near future.  Moves mean lots of farewells and goodbyes to friends, who, in my case, always seem willing to indulge my desire to record strange things. … Read More

Michael RaphaelIndustry, People6 Comments

St. Patty’s Day

Another St. Patrick’s day bit the dust and it left a bunch of drunks in it’s wake.  I am not much of a St. Patrick’s day fanatic.  I do enjoy the occasional trip to the local bar, but I tend not to take part in the drinking holidays like St. Patty’s Day.  I also don’t drink green beer or eat green … Read More

Michael RaphaelPeople2 Comments


A potential client recently asked me to try and record in a retail store.  That kind of recording presents a unique set of challenges.  Retail stores don’t take kindly to recordists walking in with a huge zeppelin, lots of recording gear, cables, and there are corporate policies blah blah blah . . . . .  In order to pull off recording ambience in a … Read More

Michael RaphaelPeople6 Comments

Noisy Corkscrew Swamp

Back in late December of 2008 I was down in Naples, Florida for a short trip and decided to check out Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. It is a remarkably beautiful place that features an old growth cypress forest that barely lets light pass through it.  It also has a boardwalk that takes  you through a healthy chunk of the swamp to areas that are normally … Read More

Michael RaphaelIndustry, Nature, People7 Comments

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships took place this past weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Over the course of the weekend, thousands of players hit the frozen ice and breathed in the frozen air.  It was -5F or colder for most of the tournament.  I don’t have much hockey sounds in my library, so I thought it would be a good time … Read More

Michael RaphaelNature, People5 Comments