093: Field Notes

A collage of binaural and stereo field recordings: a walk near my house in Mount Vernon, NY; a recording from my backyard as I trim a few trees; a recording alongside the a man-made lake near Highway 44 in suburban St. Louis; a recording of a walk back to work after lunch; among others. The tones are made through using a tone gate on the recordings, so when the wind creates a bit of mic noise, it is joined by tones and cords.

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077: Counterclockwise around the White House

A stereo field recording from June 4, 2017 in Washington D.C.

The recording begins sitting in Lafayette Square, near the North Lawn of White House. I then walked counterclockwise around the grounds of the White House (north, west, south, east, north). There is an unusually amount interference in the recording, especially present near the South Gate (14:45). I can only assume it is from the surveillance and detection devices at the gate and around the White House. After I walk past the South Gate you can hear in the distance, just down Pennsylvanian Avenue, the finish line for the Girls on the Run 5K. The run is ‘dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.’ At both the beginning and end of the recording there is the sound of a runner who blows Vuvuzela when he passes by the South Lawn.

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068: Reading, walking, pizza/EDM, walking

20160616_124523A binaural field recording from this past June in Amsterdam… the recording begins sitting in a plaza near the Athenaeum book store reading Children of Time, a fantastic evolutionary scifi book I purchased earlier that day. I then walked for a while until eventually I got hungry and I ordered a slice of New York Style Pizza… I ate the slice to EDM. The remainder of the recording is of wandering my way back the plaza near the bookstore. 

062: Walk in Pennsylvania

20161013_090300Episode 62 of the podcast, a walk in Michaux State Forest.

From wikipeadia… “Michaux State Forest was formed as a direct result of the depletion of the forests of Pennsylvania that took place during the mid-to-late 19th century. Conservationists like Joseph Rothrock became concerned that the forests would not regrow if they were not managed properly. Lumber and iron companies had harvested the old-growth forests for various reasons.”

059: Walk on beach near Vik, Iceland


A 25 minute recording of a walk on a beach in southern Iceland near Vik(Photo is from elsewhere in Iceland).

054: Amsterdam Central Station

20160616_134754Episode 54 of the podcast is a binaural recording of Amsterdam Central Station. I was sitting at the main train platforms until someone started to smoke near by, at that point I walked through the station to the busy street outside. I ended the recording walking to our hotel and going up the stairs to our room. The recording is about 20 minutes, no intro, but a short outro.

047: A Walk to the Library


A binaural recording of a walk from our house to the Mount Vernon Public Library. The library was a gift to the city from Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1904. It is located in downtown Mount Vernon, across from the Post Office and up the hill from the Mount Vernon East Metro North Station. I returned the second book in Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy, Honor’s Knight, and picked up Jonathan Franzen’s new book Purity. Space Opera for Literary Soap Opera. There is a little feedback in the recording from the headphones that are built into the binaural mics. It happens sometimes when the wind blows…