This is the second and shorter of two additional recordings made with a second recorder, while my two consecutive 'main' chimes recordings were taking place at this spot.
On 5th March 2013 I took out with me a large and a small set of cheap bamboo chimes and three sets of quality metal wind chimes, to my regular field recording location for wind chimes - the Teign Gorge, Drewsteignton, Devon, UK. On this occasion, for the first hour of my walk-in from Drewsteignton, I was greeted by unexpected lack of wind altogether. Fine for recording birds, but not for the chimes! Then, rather resigning myself to recording birds-only, and to my chimes being just a tiresome dead-weight, out on the long mostly open and relatively level stretch of the Hunter's Path, high up on the north side of the steep sided valley, I noticed a particular nicely situated stunted oak tree that seemed to be beckoning me, pointing out to me that it had a nice arrangement of suitable branches, which would enable me to get the right balance between the different sets of chimes. All very well, but of course just for noting to use another time, for right now I'd look silly trying to record chimes with no wind! - Well, except that just that moment breaths of wind started coming on, just enough to make twigs move. And so it was that I set up here, with the wind gradually getting up and actually giving me a lovely performance from the chimes after all.
As already noted, this is the second and indeed much the shorter of the two 'distant' recordings in this particular recording session, and for this, again, I used a Joby GorillaPod to seat the recorder on a tree branch on the same (downhill) side of the Hunter's Path as the chimes, somewhat further along, so probably about 50 metres from the 'main' chimes recorder position. I had moved on to this position particularly as the birds didn't seem to be sounding very much any longer nearer the chimes, but were still more vocal here, where there was almost a copse of trees. However, to my disappointment, by the time I had set this recording going, quite a bit of wind came, but very little bird sound. However, that is not the whole story. The particular trees at this spot, including the one kindly hosting the recorder, still were carrying quite a lot of their old dead leaves, which rustled and drily rattled as the wind gusts came through. At the time I thought this was probably rather a wasted recording.
In the event, from my later perspective back at home, this seems to me to be at least one of the nicest recordings I obtained that day. The sound of the dead leaves gives a really beautiful impression of the wind, and the Gypsy chimes can be heard faintly, coming in and out of focus, and this is the mysterious, intensely melancholy and even 'ghostly' sound that I had for some time been intending to capture from those Gypsy chimes. My only regret now is that I didn't let this recording run for at least a full half hour.
The chimes used are bamboo chimes, large and small set (imprecisely tuned to a semblance of the whole tone scale), and Music of the Spheres Gypsy Chimes, Mezzo and Soprano sizes (tuned to a troubled and melancholy-sounding Eastern European Gypsy scale). However, really only the Gypsy chimes are heard from this far away, at least to any significant extent.
This is a 5-minute excerpt from the 10+ minutes' recording.
This photo shows the second of the 'main' recordings taking place. Note the placement of the Gypsy chimes distinctly further back than the bamboo chimes, and the recorder fairly well back from them all in order to get a good balance. This lot was actually hidden from the position of the distant recording described here.
Recording made with a Sony PCM-M10 on a Joby GorillaPod, using the built-in microphones covered with a Rode Dead Kitten windshield. I have used Audacity to apply a custom EQ profile to correct for the high frequency muffling caused by the windshield, and also to correct for an audible 'hump' in the lower bass frequencies, which I get in ALL my recordings prior to processing.
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