Cockadoodle Trolley

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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.

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Michael Raphael   September 1, 2009

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