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.  Who needs Cardinals when you have ducks?!

Unfortunately there are more geese than ducks in this photo . . .  the ducks were around the corner.

In addition to ducks, the co-op also has chickens and geese.  Unfortunately, the location was close to a couple of bridges that funnel traffic in and out of downtown Minneapolis.  In order to get a clean recording I had to crawl into the duck coop. It wasn’t the most comfortable place in the world, but it provided a decent amount of isolation from traffic.

Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.  The ducks were only a little afraid of the Rycote.

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Michael Raphael   February 4, 2009