Category: Nathan Moody


My first full day in SF was quite an eventful one. I met up with Shaun Farley (from Dynamic Interference) to head up to Skywalker Ranch for the MPSE Sound Panel. We had some time to kill, so we headed over to Pier 39 because he was told there were some Seals that hung out over there. We got there, and sure enough, there were a bunch! They made all sorts of crazy sounds! Shaun had his Sony D50 with him and I had my Olympus LS-10, so we grabbed some (contaminated) recordings. Too many people around – but it was fun nonetheless. (Side note – went back there Sunday night with Nick Meade with a 702 and MKH60 / 30 M/S rig and boom pole. Much better results then.) I also might mention that it’s not the easiest thing to deal with these animals – very unpredictable, and lots of cross-talk between them. I tip my hat to Tim Prebble on his wonderful seal library – I now have a better idea how much work it must have been…

Pier 39 Seals

So we left the pier, somewhat deflated because of all the crowd noise in the recordings, but all was good. So we’re walking around and Shaun spots a submarine docked nearby with a “Submarine Tour” sign near it, and he says to me, “Hey, want to go get some submarine ambiences?” I figured, “hey, why not,” so we headed over, paid a few bucks each, and headed onto the sub.

Sub


I was one of those self-guided tours, and there was nobody else around, so we basically had this entire sub to ourself. We started recording ambiences. A few minutes later, Shaun realized that most of the buttons / switches / levers / wheels weren’t locked down, and made some killer sounds! So we literally recorded just about everything that we found. After all was done, we ended up spending about 1.5 hours on this sub, and only saw about 7 or 8 people the entire time we were down there. I haven’t gotten a chance to edit any of the sounds yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll put some samples up! Who knows, maybe it will become a HartFX library, if the recordings came out!

So we headed out over the Golden Gate Bridge to meet up with Nathan Moody (from Noise Jockey) before carpooling up to the Ranch. To quote Nathan, “I can confirm that there are unicorns and triple rainbows at Skywalker Ranch.” Enough said about that. Any more might ruin the magic around it. But about the MPSE event – amazing. Got to talk to Randy Thom, Gary Rizzo, Al Nelson, and many other awesome people! I won’t expound on the event too much, but I will say that it is definitely worth the 1 hour is takes to digest it. Michael Coleman over at Soundworks Collection had his crew there covering the event. You can watch the panel here.

MPSE Sound Panel


Afterwards, Gary Rizzo gave Shaun, Nathan and I a “nickel tour” of the facilities there, but swore us to secrecy about a certain few things, so that’s all I can say about that! However, a special thanks goes out to Gwen for allowing us to have Gary for another 10 minutes :-)

To top off the night, we had the first ever “Sound Guy Scotch/etc.. Tasting” over at Nathan’s place. I came out liking the “Brennivan” from Iceland the best. Cheers to Gunner from Euphonix for gifting that one to Nathan! Go pick some up if you can – very cool drink. The A.H Hirsch Reserve Straight Burbon Whiskey was very good as well!

Very cool day. Got to traipse around SF, Skywalker, and chill with Shaun and Nathan. Early to bed though, since the exhibits opened the next morning. Next up, some of the info I gathered there!

I just posted an article about the new Sound Devices USBPre 2 over at Sonic Terrain. It’s a great piece of gear! Go check it out!

Sound Devices just announced a new version of their USBPre this week at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam. It boasts many beefed up features and a new standalone mode. But this is a USB device, so what does this have to do with field recording? I’ll tell you!

Read the rest of the article here.

Also, I’m hoping to be able to get the review model from Sound Devices, so stay tuned for a review!

I’m proud and privileged to be able to announce the launch of a new field recording site, Sonic Terrain! The site is the brainchild of Miguel Isaza (author of Designing Sound) and Co-founded by Nathan Moody (author of Noise Jockey). I was very flattered when they asked me to be an official contributor and editor on the site, so you will be able to find a number of posts over there from yours truly. The site is going to be a wonderful addition to the online sound community!

Excerpt from Sonic Terrain:

Sonic Terrain will be a portal for the art, science, and craft of field recording. It will aggregate information and publish exclusive content focused on sounds recorded outside the studio. Topics will be cross-disciplinary and focused on the use of field recordings in a variety of contexts, including sound design for visual media, music, fine art, scientific research, phonography, and much more.

Mission Statement

This site will encourage users to not just hear the world around them, but to listen to it, record it, and reflect upon it. It will serve as a media outlet and educational resource for field recordists and anyone interested in the sound of the world around them: laypeople, sound designers, sound mixers, multi-media artists, musicians, scientists, researchers, acoustic ecology conservationists, and more. These disciplines will be united and cross-pollinated to expose all users to aspects of sound and recording they may not have considered.

What’s Inside?

Here you will find a lot of things, Including interviews with all kind of sound recordists, sound designers, musicians, researchers, sound artists, stories from recordists in the field, tips, tutorials and guides given by sound pros, challenges and homework, news about gear, accessories for recordists, workshops, events, and more.

The site is launching today! Head over to www.sonic-terrain.com to check it out!

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