March 14th, 2013

On 5th March 2013 one particular objective of the day at the Teign Gorge, Drewsteignton, Devon, UK, was to make a long recording on Hunter's Tor of the bamboo and both Gypsy chimes, because, owing to a silly little mix-up, I missed out on doing that during my 18th February recording session there. However, that aim was to be thwarted, most likely by a little bit of 'operator error', and the 45-minute recording that I thought I had made turned out back at home to be just one second of background noise! However, while that recording was (not!) running, I placed my second recorder in two other consecutive positions, one of which got me a moderately distant recording of the chimes from part-way along the narrow south-running crest of Hunter's Tor.

That would have been great, but there were really quite major interferences. Unlike in my 18th February recordings here, the wind was from the south, and was making traffic on the Moretonhampstead to Whiddon Down road distinctly audible - something I most certainly did not want in any of my recordings. And then, part way through the recording a confounded cockerel associated with one of the farm cottages down in the woods to the west (left in this recording) started crowing. Whereas the cockerel in my February recordings here was very distant and too quiet to be a problem in the recordings, this one was loud and strident and very definitely a problem. I did cut out a few of the most intrusively traffic noise affected sections of this recording, but, realistically, I could not cut all that much out without having too little recording left - and there was no way that I could sensibly clear out the cockerel, with its frequent and persistent crowings. (I would point out, though, that the main continuous rushing sound in the background is not traffic but the River Teign some distance below.)

The net outcome of this is that from my perspective this and the other 'distant chimes' recording made here on this day are really not suitable for use in commercially produced CDs, and so for these particular recordings I make an exception to my general rule of only excerpts of my Wind Chimes in the Wild recordings on Freesound, and have uploaded the full recordings. Maybe some people would even enjoy the disturbances - the traffic sounds, that effing cockerel - not to mention also some dogs briefly having rather a barking match down in the valley!

The chimes used are bamboo chimes, large and small set (imprecisely tuned to a semblance of the whole tone scale) and Music of the Spheres Gypsy Chimes, Mezzo and Soprano sizes (tuned to a troubled and melancholy-sounding Eastern European Gypsy scale).

My 18th February recording session here. The only difference this time was that the Chimes of Pluto (silvery) were not being used, and I didn't realize that the recorder there was not recording! For this recording the all-important second recorder was some way behind the camera position in this photo, part-way along the narrow south-running open and non-wooded crest of Hunter's Tor.

Recording made with a Sony PCM-M10 on a Hama mini-tripod, using the built-in microphones covered with a Rode Dead Kitten windshield. I have used Audacity to apply a custom EQ profile to correct for the high frequency muffling caused by the windshield, and also to correct for an audible 'hump' in the lower bass frequencies, which I get in ALL my recordings prior to processing.

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    kkmmonroe 6 years, 8 months ago

    this made my winter weary day... thank you.

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    Jennifer Gwirtz 7 years, 8 months ago

    So lovely and subtle!


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