Posts Tagged ‘Phonography’

The soundscape (Schafer)

Monday, April 1st, 2013

There’s this book from Murray Schafer, ‘The soundscape’.

Murray (born 18 July 1933) is a Canadian composer, writer, music educator and environmentalist perhaps best known for his World Soundscape Project, concern for acoustic ecology, and his book The Tuning of the World (1977), of which I’ll talk now.

The book talks about our sonic environment, the ever-present array of noises with which we all live. Beginning with the primordial sounds of nature, we have experienced an ever-increasing complexity of our sonic surroundings. As civilization develops, new noises rise up around us: from the creaking wheel, the clang of the blacksmith’s hammer, and the distant chugging of steam trains to the “sound imperialism” of airports, city streets, and factories. The author contends that we now suffer from an overabundance of acoustic information and a proportionate diminishing of our ability to hear the nuances and subtleties of sound. Our task, he maintains, is to listen, analyze, and make distinctions.

Though sometimes a little hard to read for me in the morning, while travelling to office, the book has no waste. I’ve coined some of the most interesting pages and will share them here from now on under the category ‘The soundscape (Schafer)‘ (in english).
Refer to this category to read only entries about this great book.

I hope you enjoy with those, I did.

The book

Secret sound agent 007

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Sometimes when you hold a shotgun microphone you feel like a secret agent with a gun… waiting for the perfect sound to happen and shoot at it.

These are a few funny pics representing this feeling:

007

007

007

Shut up Speak now. I’m gonna kill record you.

:)

And then I also made a story about a cop and a contrabass. haha

a cop and a contrabass

Nordic wolves + friends recordings

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Here’s some field recordings that caught my attention recently.
The recordist, while camped in nature at deep night, somewhere in Sweden, was bounded to live a magic experience.

His time-set comments:

0.00 – The wild boars where coming from the right and straight at the red deer bull in front of me, that still was in the same position close to the wolves. I looked at the wolves and they backed of into the forrest to avoid being seen by the wild boars and also to get into a high speed when they enter the field to attack the wild boars.

0.06 – wild boars

0.10 – Red deer bull

0.54 – Steps from wild boar getting closer to me and the deer

1.00 – wolves are attacking the wild boars in full speed and the wolves breath can be heard

1.02 – chaos when the wild boars meets the wolves and also the deer gets in the middle of it. They run around in a circle in front of me a couple of times

1.17 – They start to run away to the right of me.

1.26 – The red deer gets out of the mess and runs into the forrest. The hunt continues to the right of me

1.54 – I turn the mic to the right, pointing it in the direction of the wild boar heard and wolves, so I made a cut to remove this sound. From now on I make some sounds because the mic is really close to my face and i’m half sitting, half lying in an awkward position leaning on my right arm with the binocular in my left hand. The action made me forget about the recording as well…

2.01 – the wolves is trying to separate one wild boar from the heard

2.15 – Now they got one wild boar alone and he tries to get away from them

2.43 – wolves are attacking from two sides
no more comments until the end. Use your imagination.

6.22 – The end of the life for the wild boar…

Thanks to nordicnature for this!

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Entrevista sobre la fonografía

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Una buena manera de empezar con mi blog personal es utilizar la coincidencia de la inauguración del mismo con la entrevista que nos ha hecho La Vanguardia a mi y al socio Mikel R. Nieto con motivo de nuestra afición a la captura de sonidos.

Según dice esta entrevista, la fonografía está en auge, y así lo creo porque no dejo de conocer gente aficionada y proyectos que como los nuestros, ganan seguidores día a día.

La fonografía, término que se habrá acuñado con esa forma sonora por su analogía con el de la fotografía, pero aplicado a los sonidos, es el arte de capturar nuestro entorno sonoro natural fuera del lugar común en el que pensamos cuando decimos grabación: el estudio.  Muchos lo conoceréis como Grabaciones de campo, o Field recording.

La composición de Paisajes sonoros, bien sea a partir de una única grabación completa o varias, es una de las principales razones por las que me dedico a esto, entre tantas. Podéis leer más sobre mi afición al sonido en la sección ‘Me‘ de está página.

Durante la mañana que pasamos en el Delta del Llobregat paseamos en compañía de algunos técnicos y biólogos por el parque natural del Delta, rodeado, como ellos explicaban, de las instalaciones del aeropuerto del Prat… Es curioso ver como los aviones pasan cerca y van comiendo territorio a este parque, que como tantas cosas bellas, han de dejar paso a los servicios para el hombre.

Yo por mi parte no publicaré los sonidos que grabé allí, ya que tuve poco que hacer: evidentemente estos sonidos se fundirían en un aterrizaje o despegue… Así que pensemos en la repercusión de los aviones sobre la grabación de campo, o no perdón, sobre los animales que habitan este parque. :)

Os dejo el link a la entrevista, y el vídeo: