I recorded this soundscape eleven years ago at the Salem Riverfront Carousel in Salem, Oregon. At the time I was doing a podcast called the Zipboingwow Show and this recording was part of Show #4 (see the show notes for pictures and equipment details). I was experimenting with making binaural field recordings using my new invention – the stereo hat microphone. The mics are positioned on either side of the hat under the band. Be sure to listen to this one on headphones to hear the full effect as I walk through the space.
We don’t get crashing thunder and lightning here very often. This afternoon we had quite a show. I placed my iPod Touch out on the door mat on the back porch and recorded the thunder using the MultiTrack DAW app. I trimmed the recording a bit and added a fade in and fade out. I copied the track to the pasteboard and imported it into the AudioShare app. From there I brought it into TwistedWave and exported it as an MP3 file and uploaded it to my server. I wrote this blog post offline in BlogPad Pro and later uploaded it.
I did the oil painting of “Thunder Mountain” when I was in high school. I was inspired to paint it by my older brother playing Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor on the piano.
Download – (10.6 MB MP3 file, mono, 9 minutes 18 seconds) First thunder clap is one minute 25 seconds into the recording. The thunder is so loud it distorts.