Recordings of the Variable 4 installation at Snape Maltings.
The recordings are unedited and un-effected and were made by walking around the site at dawn using a Audio Technica BP4027 stereo shotgun microphone, Rycote windshield and Tascam HD-P2 portable recorder.
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We’re big fans of the Freesound Project here at Variable 4. The project is run by the Music Technology Group of Pompeu Fabra University in Spain.
We’ve decided to share our current archive of field recordings that we created for the Dungeness installation on May 22nd 2010.
You can download and listen to the field recordings under Creative Commons license here.
We’ll be updating this page with more recordings as the research period for our next installation gets underway. More news about that coming shortly!
A constructive Sunday on the coast, meeting the team from RNLI Dungeness – who are supporting Variable 4 with infrastructure and local know-how – and making some speculative field recordings.
Blue skies above the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's station, one of 238 around the UK, and operated entirely by volunteers.
Meeting the crew of RNLI Dungeness.
Amongst many other kind pledges of support, RNLI Dungeness have granted us access to this outbuilding for the duration of the installation - invaluable for keeping our hardware dry!
Our first trials of outdoor playback, with extremely promising results - an extraordinarily clean sound, despite the blustering wind. Here, we are recording a blast of white noise played into the air, which will allow us to gauge the filtering effects of the environment. Unfortunately, this led to the sad demise of this poor 40w speaker's tweeter.
Accompanying us on this trip was Giles, who is generously assisting us with field recordings.
The 11:00 departure on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. We were later told the tale of a Luftwaffe pilot who, after sighting a diminutive RHD train from above, returned to France reporting that his altimeter was surely faulty.
Having only visited Dungeness outside of the summer months, it was a pleasure to see a blue sky.
Marking the central point of the installation, approximately 120 metres from the RNLI outhouse.
Shingle Street is a sound portrait of dungeness by the wonderful Chris Watson, not to be missed on r4 listen again: http://bit.ly/c2bjFU
Saturday, 6 February 2010