In a New York Minute

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I tend to wander around NYC with my gear quite often; recently, I found myself in Times Square.  I don’t know why I ended up there, but there I was, so I started recording.  Over the last 20 years, Times Square has been transformed from a gritty and tough urban center to a tourist center that more closely resembles Disneyland.  In the last few years, Mayor Mike has glitzed up the area even further by installing pedestrian plazas on sections of Broadway from 42nd – 47th streets. I planted myself in one of the plazas and began recording:

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I love hearing the different accents of people talking and the way the distant traffic reflects off the tall surrounding buildings.  The pedestrian plaza creates a space where traffic is kept at a bay, but is still within and “ears” reach.

Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of a pair of DPA 4060s mounted stealthily in a hat.  It was all tracked to a Sony PCM-M10, with Sound Devices MP-2 as a front end.

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Michael Raphael   October 26, 2010

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