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March 14th, 2013

On 5th March 2013 one particular objective of the day at the Teign Gorge, Drewsteignton, Devon, UK, was to make a long recording on Hunter's Tor of the bamboo and both Gypsy chimes, because, owing to a silly little mix-up, I missed out on doing that during my 18th February recording session there. However, that aim was to be thwarted, most likely by a little bit of 'operator error', and the 45-minute recording that I thought I had made turned out back at home to be just one second of background noise! However, while that recording was (not!) running, I placed my second recorder in two other consecutive positions, one of which got me a moderately distant recording of the chimes from part-way along the narrow south-running crest of Hunter's Tor. Then, when I considered that time was up for the main recording (which, as I say, had actually not happened!), I took that recorder and placed it on a minor hump that was overlooking the chimes from the north - albeit the chimes actually not being visible from this position owing to various trees and large granite rocks / outcrops. This turned out to get a more 'distant' sound from the chimes than from the actually further-away recorder to the south.

That would have been great, but there were really quite major interferences. Unlike in my 18th February recordings here, the wind was from the south, and was making traffic on the Moretonhampstead to Whiddon Down road distinctly audible - something I most certainly did not want in any of my recordings. And then, part-way through this recording a confounded cockerel associated with one of the farm cottages down in the woods to the west (the right side in this recording) started crowing. Whereas the cockerel in my February recordings here was very distant and too quiet to be a problem in the recordings, this one was loud and strident and very definitely a problem. Realistically, I could not cut out all that much traffic noise without having too little recording left - and there was no way that I could sensibly clear out the cockerel, with its frequent and persistent crowings. (I would point out, though, that the main continuous rushing sound in the background is not traffic but the River Teign some distance below.)

The net outcome of this is that from my perspective this and the other 'distant chimes' recording made here on this day are really not suitable for use in commercially produced CDs, and so for these particular recordings I make an exception to my general rule of only excerpts of my Wind Chimes in the Wild recordings on Freesound, and have uploaded the full recordings. Maybe some people would even enjoy the disturbances - the traffic sounds and that effing cockerel!

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).


My 18th February recording session here. The only difference this time was that the Chimes of Pluto (silvery) were not being used, and I didn't realize that the recorder there was not recording! For this recording the recorder was transferred to the top of a hump in the woods beyond the chimes in this view, overlooking them, but with trees and boulders / outcrops blocking actual visibility.

Recording made with a Sony PCM-M10 on a Velbon mini-tripod, 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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    kb7clx 1 year, 1 month ago

    Great recording. I think the cockerel gives it a nice touch. It's not so far up in the mix that it's seriously obnoxious. You don't notice the traffic much after a while. No major close prospect stuff from that corner.

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