March 14th, 2013

This is the second of two wind chimes recordings I made beside the River Teign just very slightly upstream from where it enters the Teign Gorge, Drewsteignton, Devon, UK, on the afternoon of 5th March 2013. The wind was dying down, so that for this recording the chimes were not very active, so it is primarily a recording of river and birdsong, with occasional gentle chimes activity.

My recording studio for this set of recordings, by the River Teign just entering the Teign Gorge, whose wooded slopes rise ahead. The chimes are the Gypsy Mezzo and Soprano (both with black tubes) and the Chimes of Pluto (silvery tubes), which latter are not used in this recording.

The chimes in this recording are the Music of the Spheres Gypsy Mezzo and Soprano chimes, tuned to an Eastern European Gypsy scale.

This time I'd learnt from my February recording session here and hung the chimes on a different tree, whose branches were so arranged as to enable me to get a much better sound balance, also helped by the Teign itself being much lower now and thus quieter. Also, I was wanting to get a variety of less close and indeed on occasions distant perspectives on the chimes. I thus had the recorder somewhat further back from the chimes, especially the Gypsy chimes on account of their penetrating and 'carrying' tone. The result, then, is a very beautiful and 'sweet' balance between all the sound elements - something one often cannot get so easily when making opportunistic field recordings as I do.

This is a 5-minute excerpt from the 24+ minutes full recording.

(Later note: This recording - with better sound than here - is on one of my commercial CDs, and can be found in my e-Store.)

Recording made with a Sony PCM-M10 on a Velbon 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 the audible broad 'hump' in the bass frequencies of ALL my recordings prior to processing.

Please note that the volume level of this recording has been carefully adjusted for listening purposes, and ALL my recordings so far are meant to be listened to with a volume setting that would give a realistic level for playback of CLASSICAL music (a large but not exceptional symphony orchestra). If you have the right volume setting, you should not need to change that setting from one recording of mine to another.

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    Philip Goddard 5 years, 10 months ago

    All my Freesound uploads are in the FLAC format, which is lossless and thus gives you the original sound quality of the recording which MP3 doesn't. More and more players nowadays do play FLAC - though in some cases the necessary codec needs to be downloaded before the particular player can do so.


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    cmaxlaw 5 years, 10 months ago


    I am trying to download this to use as part of an art installation with sound. I can't seem to get it to download in a form that I can get at. Any suggestions?

    I have an Mac. It show it has downloaded but it will not show up in iTunes and says that there is no default application specified to open this sound clip. Any help would be appreciated as your sound is just what I need to work into my sound layers. Thanks.

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    ThaGrad 7 years, 8 months ago

    Great project, I´m downloading the complete pack to eventually use it as background sounding in some future live concerts of Paloma del Cerro, https://soundcloud.com/paloma-del-cerro-1
    Electronic-Folk fusion from Argentina.
    Thanks a lot!


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