Coolum Beach Queensland
Sennheiser MKH 60
Boom pole array
Well it seems the best place to record skateboards is at a skate ramp, well duh!
I decided I wanted to add a few more samples to the sports category and realized I hadn’t even added cricket or football yet, but I guess only being back in Australia for 2 months excuses that a little. While I am trying to hunt down a local cricket club, I did think it would be easy to get some skate boards at the nearest skate ramp.
A Wednesday day time proved to be pretty good. There were not too many people there as school holidays just finished. This meant I could get some good samples without too much talking in the background. I recorded a few people doing some moves and one girl in particular stood out. She had great control over the board and was doing plenty of tricks and stunts. I asked if she minded me recording her and she was cool with it. After a few more stunts I asked her if she was able to skate while holding something. She seemed to think she was up for it, so I handed her the mic setup and told her to go for it. I got some really good material from the point of view of the skater which was very cool, and much easier than me spending 5 years learning to skate half as well.
I also got some wave sounds down on the beach. A bit of material with waves crashing on rocks. They were pretty calm so I am going to need to get down to the coast sometime when there is a storm on and try and get some really big waves crashing.
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Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over twenty years. This journal logs his thoughts and experiences