For the last two days someone over the road has been using a small earth mover to transfer a large pile of sandy dirt from out front of their house in the driveway around to the back of their house, one load at a time. For most of Thursday I studiously ignored the constant sound of this small piece of machinery trundling back and forth like some little robot. Today I decided that when I am presented with something so obvious and easy it would be awfully lazy to not walk across the road and record it. So I did.
The unit itself is so small it doesn’t even have a seat. The operator clings to the back and operates it standing up. It ran on rubber caterpillar tracks and so was fairly quiet. I recorded a few minutes of the guy running back and forth a few times. (stopping of course to ask what on earth I was doing, and then resuming contentedly when he found out I was not from the council or EPA). There was not a huge variation in sound between loaded or unloaded and even turning only produced slight variations. The sounds seem to downplay the amount of power this little thing must surely have.
Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over ten years. This journal logs his thoughts and expereinces