Resonant Frequencies


This entire global pandemic has made travel a bit challenging as of late and as a result I haven’t been out doing much recording these days. I did spend a fair bit of time getting out in the backyard, but that lost its charm after a while. I’ve recently started to get out and about again, and oddly, I’ve found myself recording lots of drones. Maybe I find them soothing? Maybe it is a way to get away from staring at screens all the time? Or maybe I’m finally starting to take some of Pauline Oliveros’ sage advice?

I’m a regular reader of Marc Weidenbaum’s excellent disquiet blog, and a recent post was a bit of an ode to a hotel drone.

“The beauty isn’t merely the drone, isn’t merely the combination of foundational hum, its origin untraceable, and more device-specific sounds, like the rumbling churn of the air vent.”

I love Marc’s description and it got me to dig into a few recordings I have made as of late.

Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC1′s with MK4 capsules setup for double ORTF. It was tracked with a Cooper CS 104 feeding a Sound Devices 744T

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Michael Raphael November 3, 2021