Field Recordings

During a road trip Westward across the USA, I made field recordings at a few locations. The first was at the World's Largest Wind Chimes in Casey, Illinois. When I saw this claim on a billboard, I felt I had no choice but to pull off the main highway to check them out. It was a rainy day, so you will hear the patter of raindrops on the umbrella I held over the recorder. Since it would take a great deal of wind to activate these heavy chimes, I had to manually move the clapper with a long rope they had installed.

I also made several recordings at Great Sand Dunes National Park, near Alamosa, Colorado, a beautiful and serene place with dramatic environmental shifts. The sand dunes are anechoic and nearly silent but for the strong winds that constantly shape them, the occasional aircraft, desert beetles, and stupid noisy humans. I also made recordings in the wooded areas surrounding the dunes, which capture a mountain stream, insects, birds, and winds that have been dispersed by the dunes and grasses.

All of these were recorded with the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder, MS mic, with EQ post-applied to attenuate low frequency wind noise.