Post Sandy

Last week, I received an incredible response to my Hurricane Sandy post. I spent the evening of the hurricane recording the storm and in the following days I was lucky enough to have power, so I could edit and share some of my experiences.

I’ve received a number of emails thanking me for the post and last Thursday I received an unusual request from Marc Weidenbaum of the disquiet blog. Marc wanted to use some of my storm recordings for his weekly Disquiet Junto, which he explains as follows:

The Disquiet Junto is a group I founded on The purpose of the group is to use constraints to stoke creativity. Each Thursday evening I post a clearly defined compositional assignment, and members of the Junto are to complete the assignment by 11:59pm the following Monday. The initial Junto assignment was made on January 5, 2012, the first Thursday of the new year.

Marc asked to use these two recordings:

And then gave his Junto group the following instructions:

Create an original track that makes a transition from stormy to placid over the course of its duration. Your track should open fiercely and then slowly give way to calm. You can use additional instruments of your choosing, but the original field recordings should serve as source material both for the stormy and for the placid portions of your track. In other words: the calm part of the track should be built in large part from audio of the storm.

You can hear the fruits of the group’s labor over at the Junto Soundcloud group. All of the Sandy specific files will have “[disquiet0044-sandy2012]” in the title.

My favorite contribution to the group comes from two good friends, Stephen Vitiello and Steve Roden.

And for those of you interested in helping storm victims, The American Red Cross is a good place to start.

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  1. Hi Michael,
    I tried hanging a “cold gold” hydrophone out my apartment window but I didn’t like the sound; got some rain drops.
    As my son & I were out in the storm briefly that night, I was wondering if anyone would get some good recordings of the sound of the storm & not just noise.


Michael Raphael November 6, 2012