This year I decided to write about field recording sound effects for my website Airborne Sound. I call them ‘Field Reports,’ in the spirit of dispatches from the ‘front.’
I originally wrote them to share tips and tricks I learned during the process. I also wanted to offer recordings for your listening pleasure and get feedback in the process.
In each field report I describe the approach and challenges then provide the results.
In later posts I have jotted down thoughts on the process, lessons I learned and reflections on how field recordings affect the recordist and the listener.
Here are the sound effect field reports from 2011.
- Favorite Field Recordings of 2010 – Indy Race Car. My first attempt recording Toronto’s premier car race.
- Favorite Field Recordings of 2010 – Jet Fighter. Another first attempt recording the Canadian International Air Show.
- Drilling Rig. My experience recording a strange construction vehicle.
- Diesel Train with Microphone Comparison. I compare a low end and high end microphone with a simple passenger train recording.
- Recycling Truck. My attempts to track down and capture the recycling and garbage trucks that roam downtown Toronto.
- Carnival. Stealth recording experiments while recording a summer funfair.
- Binaural Stealth Recording Experiment. I try out a long-forgotten binaural mic to see how it works as a stealth microphone.
- Freight Train. My first attempts recording freight train sound effects.
- 1950′s Freight Train. Recording more freight trains with a few technical issues for an extra challenge.
- Occupy Toronto Protest Crowds. I seek out some audio drama as the Toronto Police decide to evacuate the protestors.
The comments from readers and Twitter followers (I’m @paulvirostek) were helpful and inspiring. Thanks to everyone who commented and retweeted! I also appreciate the links to the articles and being included in blogrolls.