Never any wind when you want it
Boom Pole setup
Just a quick one today, Anna and I drove up to Dalesford for a picnic. Dalesford is a beautiful area about an hour west of Melbourne with two really nice lakes. The days was very nice and on the way home I stopped to try and record a windmill, well to be more accurate a wind pump as they are actually used to pump water. These are an icon of the countryside in Australia and can be seen on farms everywhere. What I was really after was one that wasn't quite perfect as I wanted to record it squeaking. We found two of them close to each other on opposite sides of the road. One of them was too new and made no sound when it operated. The second one was suitable squeaky, but it was such a still day that I only captured about 5 seconds of it before the wind died. Even waiting for 15 minutes for it to come back I was out of luck. So I got a tiny bit of material, but the hunt for a windmill continues. Oh yeah, this picture shows exactly why I use the boom pole.
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Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over twenty years. This journal logs his thoughts and experiences