Odds and Ends – Soundscape Hamilton Update

Odds and Ends – An Artist Notebook

Sept 21, 2015 – Scouted new campus locations for sound profiles. This time, I am looking at the service entrance of different buildings. These locations tend to be more isolated from campus activities. This allow me more freedom to work.

I continue to research field recordings and the kind of equipment required. Essentially, what does a beginner level kit look like and what can one reasonable expect in terms of cost and sound quality. This research is also revealing more information about field recordings for movie work.

With some narration work on the horizon, I have purchased several Shure 440 closed headphones and a pre-amp with four jacks. This will allow up to three narrators to hear their voices and also control their individual volume levels. At the same time, I will be able to monitor the sound as it is recorded.

Urban #HamOnt Sound Mapping

 

 

We often define landscapes by appearance, but they are also defined by sound.

Hunter and MacNab is an interesting mix of technology and history.  The MacNab Street Church was built in 1854 and expressed the confidence and belief in progress and faith.  By the 1890s, the Toronto-Hamilton and Buffalo Railway had ripped through the heart of Hamilton with railway tracks that divided rich and poor communities.  Less than 20 feet from the front door of the church, the physical barriers to the downtown would only grow with the development of the car and the increase road traffic on Hunter Street.

Equal to the physical barriers are the sound barriers.  Here are sounds of trains and cars that separate the Downtown business districts from the Durand neighborhood.

The first sound track marks the arrival of the commuter train from Toronto.

The second clip records the sound of the accessible crosswalk, along with the early evening car traffic.

Chris Erskine

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