Ever since we were mere babies, we have been moving forward. First on our knees and other body parts, then on our feet. Hardly ever do we listen to the sound of these footsteps. Sure, we do listen when we’re stamping on that old wooden bridge, but really listen?
Let’s listen to a few samples…
Audio field recording when close to the sea is a dream. Between the loud birds, the wind and crashing waves, there is always something to record. Audio should speak for itself and should, for me at least, evoke feelings, ideas or memories. Often sounds, like smells, can be far more powerful than images. I love images, but it’s only fairly recently that an amateur on a low budget can record sounds of a decent quality.
The Zoom H2 has been on the market for a while and has been replaced with more powerful models. Yet it did a great job recording the fog horn from this lighthouse in Liverpool a few weeks ago.
Sounds boring, right? But we live in a noisy environment every day. Only those who live in the countryside with no living soul for miles around can say they live in a quiet place. But will they have silence? Absolutely not!
Even in the quietest places, there is sound all around you. All one needs to do is listen.
Like here, to the sounds of the Public Gardens in Halifax. If you have a sound system with 4 speakers, 5.1 or 7.1, you can enjoy this recording in surround.
Recording audio is an expensive hobby. You need the recorder, you need microphones, you need a mixer, you need filters, you need a studio… Yeah, that’s what we still think from the good old analogue tape-days. Nowadays, things are a little easier, both on the gear and on the wallet. What remains to be purchased is at least a capable recorder.
Many of you have seen this picture on Facebook on my own timeline and shared elsewhere. As a picture, it looks nice. Yet it is missing something. Making this view into a video clip would have been an option, but one finds him or herself trapped in the vision I had in mind. As well as the feelings that go with the image.
By separating the sound from the vision, the element of imagination or dreams is coming back.
What is worse than a slide show at a friend’s place? Two slideshows! We know all about that, and almost everyone of a certain age (read: not digital age) has probably had to deal with those slide show nights. And yet, some slideshows were better than others. Some people added sound effects to the slideshow. Sounds like howling wind, rain on a tent or chirping birds. Back in the day, you could buy those sound effects on LPs for quite a bit of money. They were usually more expensive than a standard music album from, say, the Rolling Stones.