Not satisfied with the sound of handheld audio recorders, here is a photo of my main tools for audio capture in the field.
I think the word capture is critical here as “captured” sound (or as I would prefer to call it audio) behaves and is perceived radically differently to that of the originating sound that “freely” occupied the space at which you captured it. It’s like lassoing a wild horse full of spirit that you have to tame and train to fit the performance requirements in your audio work or sound composition; you can groom it and gain its trust, but it’s never the quite the same once you have captured it, its spirit changes and there is just no going back once that happens. However even when captured its essence is still there somewhere in the sound, so the real trick is how you magnify that essence and make it sound free within the fenced parameter of your audio equipment.
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A photo about today’s soundwalk: It’s like the soundscape of every city speaks its own unique language or at least dialect … if you listen closely for long enough and trust your ears, it will guide you along pathways where it will whisper its inner most secrets to you.
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Just remembering what it use to sound like to lie on the ground as a child and listen to the gentle wind in the long grass. I use to imagine the sound of the wind moving arcoss the grass was caused by the tails of invisible dragons flying playfully past. Simon Schama in his book "Landscape and Memory" agues that we overlay mythology and the human imagination on to geographical locales and embody them in memory, and for me this is certainly true when I think about the farm I grew up on. Sound for me is always alive on many different levels and has huge potential to spark the imagination like nothing else can.
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