Today’s diary is very personal. I hesitated before recording, I hesitated before posting, and I’m hesitating again as I write this. The piece is self-explanatory and compresses action and facts into a manageable sequence. Headphones recommended as always.
Today’s piece is something I like to call a sonic reflection. It’s my own poor attempt, inspired by “The World According To Sound” podcast series (link below). I recorded for about 90 seconds by the waterfront in Cobh. As I was pulling up in my car I could hear the gunnery practice in the naval base, just across the harbour.It took me about two minutes to get the recorder out and ready, and by then the practice had ceased and the soundscape was fairly bland, except for a passing car or distant bird. I’ve included links below to equipment and the aforementioned podcast. Headphones recommended- Enjoy!
The field recording was done using a Sony PCM D-100 recorder with a Rode dead kitten windscreen
A few other thoughts
The sony recorder is unbelievably sensitive to the slightest hand movement, muscle tremor etc. The mics are very wind sensitive, and even with the Rode dead kitten 2 of 3 recordings were unusable due to wind rumble.
I recorded the v/o in a cabin at the bottom of my garden, and I used a makeshift portable vocal booth, but the cabin is very acoustically transparent and a neighbour decided to use a petrol lawnmower as I was recording. If you listen carefully you can hear it.
Overall, the recording is a little meh. It makes me think of what we used to refer to in photography as “in between spaces”, essentially spaces which were more interesting psychologically than visually. That being said, this sonic experiment series is all about being “in process” and learning, so it was useful if not acoustically amazing.
So this is a slight step away from previous pieces. I recorded this piece on location on Cuskinny Beach in Cobh a few weeks ago. I used only my trusty ten year old Roland R-05 recorder. I edited the piece quite quickly (it probably shows) using Hindenberg Journalist (link below) which is a great quick & easy editor.
The piece is lacking in a few areas. There is some ambient recording, but not enough, the narrated piece on the beach is too focussed on my voice and not enough on the location. I could have done some more recording of ‘scenes’ but I let my self-consciousness get the better of me. I was a little hesitant-there were loads of swimmers about and I was already receiving funny looks from bystanders. It’s a learning process.
Lastly the piece contains some binaural recordings (in-ear recordings) and if you want the best experience, then headphones are strongly advised. Enjoy, Damian.
A few observations after listening through again:
The music is superfluous and adds nothing
Why did I cut off my voice at the end?
Why did I bring up the level of the music at the end in such an abrupt manner?
So, here’s episode 02, if you can call it an episode. My audio production skills are still rusty and I’m adapting to new ways of working. I’m not entirely happy with the music choice, or how I used the music. I think I need to return to some listening inspiration. If you do listen, enjoy.
A little sonic experiment. I’ve wanted to make a podcast for several years. But I am loathe to call it a podcast, or the beginning of a series. It lacks polish, and offering something up as a podcast suggests a commitment to production and to an audience. For the moment I’m not ready for that commitment. So I’ll leave this as is and call it a little sonic experiment. There are some more audio diary entries to go and I may make a few more, and I have some other experiments in mind. So for now, enjoy listener.