Urban Ducks

Sometimes you don’t know where you might find ducks.  One of my work colleagues, Ochen Kaylan, has chickens and ducks behind his house.  He is part of a cooperative on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis.  He has runner ducks and wood ducks and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the morning of Superbowl Sunday than with some ducks. … Read More

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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

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Machine Shop Action

This recording dates back to 2003 and was one of my first paying gigs.  I was making radio for a little while and after I bought my first pair of Schoeps I got the occasional odd call.  This gig got me hooked on recording unusual sounds and exploring the sonic universe.  Another radio pal hired me and we set off … Read More

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Waterfowl at Crex Meadows Revisited

The above photo was taken on October 19, 2008 at Crex Meadows wildlife area in Grantsburg, WI.  I visited once before with my friend Rob Byers and the recording was good, but we knew it could be better.  The first time we went to record it was 4:00 AM, pitch black and we were forced to guess on a good location.  We … Read More

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Two Harbors, MN in December

  This is the view out the back of a cabin in Two Harbors, Minnesota that I rented with some friends in December.  We originally planned to record a train down in Duluth but the weather did not really cooperate.  We were snowed in all weekend and we were lucky to get back on the road by the end of … Read More

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