Hermitage Sound Landscape Recordings

Less than 12 hours after the snow storm on Thursday, December 11, 2014; I travelled to the Hermitage Ruins in Ancaster, Ontario to record the sounds of the landscape.  I was amazed to discover the amount of people who had already visited the mansion.  Quite surprising given that I was at the Hermitage by 10 am on Friday (a work day for most people).

My goal for this visit and future visits to other architecture significant buildings is to document their sounds.  Do particularly buildings have unique sound characteristics?

I was very surprised by the amount of human noise at the Hermitage.  The following sound clip is a mixture of sounds captured at the Hermitage.

 

 

When the humans disappear the landscapes come alive with animal sounds.  In this recording, squires and woodpeckers being the chief noise makers.  Crows, however, always liked to get their two cents into any landscape conversation (smile).

 

 

This was my first real attempt at capturing landscape sounds with my Zoom H4n field recorder and pair of Rode M5 mini shotgun mics.  The goal is to capture the unique sound qualities of each rural and urban landscape in the Hamilton area.  As I gain more experience, I hope to create richer and fuller sound narratives of each building and its landscape.

Thanks for listening.

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Soundscape Art

Once again, I am trying to do soundscape art. I haven’t had the best results with the Zoom H4n. As one blogger noted, the field recorder is a $300 system and the microphones as components are likely worth no more than $100. As a result, I have purchased a pair of Rode M5 small diaphragm mikes. Nevertheless, before hauling out the heavy stuff, I want to see if I can get any kind of results with the Zoom.

 

Here is the result with the Zoom at the site for this past Dec 6th remembrance of the Montreal Massacre. I am always amazed at the noise pollution on campus.

 

 

As you can tell, there is significant room for improvement. My goal is to achieve the kind of results that Vladimir Kryutchev is producing in Russia. He has created these amazing soundscapes and with mixing creates a beautiful sound narrative to his pieces.

 

http://www.oontz.ru
http://www.oontz.ru

 

Here is the link: http://www.oontz.ru/en/page/41/

It is only 6 minutes and well worth the listen.  Use headphones to get the best results.