Archives For Field Recording

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All those lights are the boats in the distance

Back in November 2013, I searched the Donggang area for interesting sounds. I found a little park after dark and went out on to the beach. After climbing over some concrete “wave breakers/things that keep enemy landing parties at bay” I found something interesting to record…

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I recorded some wicked sounding cicadas last week in the mountains. I got stopped by an old gate. When I took off my helmet to have a listen, MAN I couldn’t believe how creepy it all sounded.

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SoundMap

It has been a while since my last post. It’s a busy time of year for our voice over business, so field recording has to take a back seat to that unfortunately. However, with more time inside, I’ve had time to create my very own sound map!

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Sound Taiwan
I want to share with you some sites I’ve found related to sound in Taiwan. An interesting one is “Sound and Taiwan” run by Wu, Tsan – Cheng (吳 燦 政). There is Sound Map with a collection of nearly 2000 recordings around Taiwan. The Sound Map is integrated with Google Maps, so you can easily pinpoint the exact locations of the recordings. Most of the recordings are Taipei centric, but there are plenty of recordings elsewhere in Taiwan and also Shanghai – surprisingly one very near my home!

I encourage you to have a listen to the sounds of Taiwan. There are also other sounds to be heard here for those sound enthusiasts.

www.soundandtaiwan.com

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Turtle Hill is a somewhat unknown hill near Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung. It apparently used to be a military base, but now it’s a park. I had some spare time after the New Year’s celebrations and figured I’d have a look.

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I’ve had a string of “boring” recordings lately–meat & potato type of stuff–so I thought it was time for someplace a little more interesting. Not too far from me there’s an island known as Cijing (旗津). It’s basically a long strip of land just barely detached from the mainland. It’s essentially what makes Kaohsiung Port a port. I wasn’t sure what I would discover, but thought harbor sounds would be on the menu.

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A few days ago my buddy Maks and I donned our riding gear and set off on a drive through the mountains on a pair of 250cc scooters for a little hot spring resort area known as Guanziling (關子嶺). The resorts were the last things on our minds, thank god. What we wanted to check out and record was a natural phenomenon known as the Fire Water Cave (水火洞).

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I wanted to talk about my current field recording rig – what I consider a pretty powerful, convenient and relatively small package. The entire thing can fit on a scooter and can be set up and taken down rather quickly.

I’ve tried out several combinations of equipment and finally settled on the following gear:

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Banping Mountain (in background) – Wiki Commons by author – Peellden

Yesterday I finally got the chance to head up to Bànpíng Shān for a recording. Over the years, I must have seen this mountain hundreds of times – it’s kind of hard to miss. But I had never realized you could actually climb it. It’s surrounded by industry, which gave me the impression that “they owned it”. As it happens, they don’t. There’s some story to this mountain, but plenty of people have written about it. I doubt I can improve their writings.

One thing I had anticipated was the noise of all that industry “ruining” any recordings I try to get. There’s this constant low hum from the oil refinery that never ceases. But it is what it is, an inner-city mountain. In addition to the city-from-above sounds you might expect, you also get an oil refinery. Why not?

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Cemetery on Halloween

November 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Unless you’re in the party scene or an English teacher forced to dress up for class, Halloween can nearly go unnoticed here in Taiwan. At least it did for me this year.

I had planned to head up to Banpingshan mountain but it was getting a bit too late in the day for that. So with nothing in mind, I hopped on my scooter for a little “freestyling” recording.

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