Soundscape Hamilton Art Project – recorded 28 Aug 2015. What does a building sound like? Soundscape Hamilton is an art project that explores the sound profile of each building.
Soundscape Hamilton Project – recording the sound profile of campus buildings. The sound profile of the Burke Sciences Building was recorded on August 28, 2015.
Art Post is a weekly video blog of my art related activities. This week, my continuing struggles to get good audio sound for blog postings. Exploring rear of buildings for future soundscape recordings.
Recorded on Aug 28th, 2015 at 5:39 pm in Hamilton, Ontario – Bowman Street. One of the most peaceful locations in the west end of Hamilton.
What can I expect from my equipment? What can be achieved in post-production? These are the two questions that I have been struggling with over the past week.
The Soundscape Hamilton Project grew out of my need to address the audio aspect of film-making. The equipment purchased was designed give me better sound quality in films.
So, I use a Rode Videomic Shotgun Microphone with Rycote Lyre Mount for scratch recordings (cost $200).
For voice-overs narrations, I use an Audio-Technica AT 2050 multi-pattern condenser Microphone (cost $300).
For other kind of performances, I purchase a Rode M5 matched pair of compact ½ inch condensers ($300).
Everything is recorded to the Zoom H4n field recording that allows the use of XLR inputs and phantom power.
However, will these kind of microphones cut it when trying to do field recordings? I emailed Rick Blything, who has done some really great field recordings at Wimbledon.
He kindly told me the equipment he uses that includes the following:
2 Sennhieser 8040s which are shotgun microphones
Shield from wind using a Rycote
Recorded to a Sound Device 703 field recorder
This is really great but expensive equipment. So, what can I reasonably expect from my equipment and will that get the job done?
The second challenge is post production. Not being a musician, I am completely new to audio post production. My goal is to address on location rather than in the studio.
That being said, maybe I can increase the quality by processing the sound tracks and bring out the desired characteristics.
So, these are the questions that I have been struggling with over the past week.
Odds and Ends – 07 Sept 2015
Just finished my first week of field recordings.
This was frosh week, so the sounds are of 1,500 first year students joining the madness of their next stage of life. It is an experience you never forget, and one that is very hard to appreciate without having gone through it.
You can see it in the faces of the parents. There are knowing smiles from parents who remember their school days, panic and fear in others.
In my day, things will very much ad hoc compared to the huge amount of institutional support that student organizers get today.
So, this round of field recordings are dominated by frosh activities. As a baseline for my project, I should have started back in June, when the campus was relatively calm. Oh well. That’s part of the learning process.
Do buildings and places have unique sound features? This is the first installment of a year long project to see if buildings and their surroundings have sounds unique to them.