Category Archives: Field Recordings

Live recordings from the field.

Salem Art Fair

Salem Art Fair

Salem Art Fair

Spent some time at the Salem Art Fair. I made this recording with my Apple iPad using an application called Recorder HD.  I had the iPad in my backpack and carried it around in my right hand moving through the crowd. You can hear a vendor playing a hand made flute and catch snippets of conversation.

Later I sat down and painted the above image using the Brushes application on the iPad. Several people stopped to watch me paint and ask questions.

Download – (mp3 file, 2.8 Mb, 3 minutes, 128 kbps, 22 kHz)

Ankeny Wildlife Refuge

Ankeny Wildlife Refuge

Ankeny Wildlife Refuge

Last Saturday I went for a walk in the afternoon at the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge south of Salem, Oregon. I wanted to try out my new Edirol R-09 HD recorder. It has a built-in stereo mic and can record in WAVE onto SD cards.

Here’s a recording I made at the end of the Rail Trail. It includes geese flying over, ducks, frogs, song birds, crows, and insects. It was difficult to get a clean recording because of nearby road noise, airplane overflights, and wind.

Ankeny Geese painted on iPod Touch

Ankeny Geese painted on iPod Touch

Download (8:22 – 11.5 Mb)

Crows Before Breakfast

Crows usually don’t hang out at our house. This morning when I got up I could hear a mob at the top of our fir trees having an arguement. I threw on a hat and coat and stepped out on our back porch with my mp3 recorder and a stereo lapel mic clipped to the front of my jacket. I made a beautiful 10 minute recording standing in the 30 degree F fresh air, but when I got back inside, I discovered that I had plugged the mic into the headphone jack. Dang. By the time I got back outside, most of the group had departed. So what you hear is a much smaller group. This recording was made at 7:30 am on Sunday, December 3, 2006.

Download – (2 minutes, 128kbps, 22kHz, 1.9 MB)