North Melbourne Victoria
Sennheiser MKH 60
Boom pole array
One of the things I really hate about moving is that I loose heaps of time when I am unable to record. I guess starting a new job, moving interstate (AGAIN!) and trying to find an apartment is fairly good justification, but it still really disappoints me when so much time goes by without getting to record some new material. Anyway today the break ends. We are staying with a very good friend of ours who is kindly allowing us to occupy her spare room while we look for an apartment. Today she decided to mow her back lawn. She has a really old clunky smokey Victor lawn mower, which made me soooo happy as not only do I not have a lawn mower yet, but I really want to record a Victor for my project on Australian sounds. And the fact that it was clunky and smokey just made it all the more perfect. I got a good 15 minutes of material as I followed her around in my socks (purchased two days before as all my old one had holes in them, hardly surprising when I walk around in the garden in them as someone is trying to mow the lawn) I made sure I got some close up as well as distant material. I personally think there is something so Australian about hearing a distant lawnmower on the weekend, so it’s a great new sound for the library.
Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over twenty years. This journal logs his thoughts and experiences