Location Cann River, South Gippland Equipment Zoom F4 Sennheiser MKH 60 Boom pole array
We finally found a stretch of road with not too much traffic on it where I could stop for 5 minutes and record some Bellbirds. These are a very characteristically Australian sound I think. There were a few of them in a clump of tress and I managed to get a good sample, even though I could hear a chainsaw off in the distance somewhere. It doesn’t seem to matter how far out in the middle of nowhere that you go, there are always people making noise somewhere. This has always been one of the biggest issues with location recording. Its not just the difficulty with finding the material you want to record, its finding it somewhere where there isn't loads of other sounds contaminating your recording. Patience is important, but also a good dose of luck can be a great help
Location South Gippland Equipment Zoom F4 Sennheiser MKH 60 Boom pole array
We are now on our way North to Queensland. We have hired a 4WD and will be spending about 5 days driving along the east coast of Australia. I plan to record anything of interest whenever I get the chance. I had missed the opportunity to record a wind power generator in Japan, and so I was glad to have the chance to grab some material here. We were able to get within about 50 meters of a very large wind turbine and the sound as we go tout of the car was great. These things are pretty big and the sound was well worth the detour. Typically there were cows who decided to be very noisy, but I got a fair bit of material with just the turbine going. I also recorded the power depot next to the car-park which had a good generic electrical hum going on.
Location Mount Dandenong Equipment Zoom F4 Sennheiser MKH 60 Boom pole array
There are quit a few sounds that I want to try and capture while we are in Melbourne, and then many I am hoping to get the opportunity to find while we travel north. Today was an unplanned opportunity to grab some bird sounds away from the main city area. A trip up to Mount Dandenong resulted in some Magpie, Kookaburra and other bird recordings. I suspect I will have many chances to record these again when we travel, but the more raw materials I have the better I can make the final additions to the library.
The main issue today was other people. Mount Dandenong is a fairly popular tourist area and so it was difficult not to capture people and cars int he background. I will find out later on that capturing clean recordings of common birds such as magpies will prove to be far more difficult than I had imagined.