Toy animals and toy soldiers crawling on the pavement, posh Siberian high heels, megaphones announcing the best deals in town, music and all other signs of a consumers’ mess. Ulitsa Uritskogo in Irkutsk, from one end to the other, binaural recording.
This recording is part of a larger series about the sound of Siberia.
Electronic kits can be worthwhile for us as field recording geeks. This time I bought the Kemo kit for a Listening Stethoscope since I was interested in amplifying the softest of sounds, such as wind blowing through the trees. For the price of 11.80 €, I was skeptical at first but with a little soldering the board works just fine. The official product description is quite shady when they say that their device enables you to listen through walls, etc. Apparently somebody lacked the fantasy of doing something legal with the stethoscope.
However, if you look for a quick and dirty recording of soft sounds, the Kemo Listening Stethoscope is a good choice, since the IC’s triple op amp enhances ordinary sounds very well. But still, don’t expect crystal clear one-to-one realistic recordings, you need to be able to either filter out or ignore the high frequency noise. Another challenge is to keep the right distance between mic and headphones because the device is so sensitive that it is prone to feedback. Needless to say, you’ll only get a mono recording.
For you to get an impression, I made a very dirty recording out of the window with somebody practicing the violin next door. I connected the headphone output with a male mini jack that went into the line in of my old Tascam DR-07.
Thank you all for letting Quelle und Echo grow in 2014. As an intermediate result, here goes a little live video.
After their first half-official gigs, Quelle und Echo really go public. Let’s see which worlds will come to life this time, escaping those knobs and faders, voices and string instruments.
Feel free to come around on December 13, in Berlin. This is an event you can also find on Facebook.
As a collaboration with Ekkehard Windrich, Sonoscoop started an avantgarde-pop project fiddling with field recordings. To find out what’s inside, you can listen to all tracks of the demo on Bandcamp.
Here comes the reason for a bit of silence on this blog. Sonoscoop has joined forces with a gifted musician and started a new band: Quelle und Echo.
We are trying to find the poppy side of field recording there, brewing music with the most absurd ingredients. Have a listen and feel free to drop us a message. If you think it’s worth listening again, make sure you don’t miss out on our special for the launching of the website. Find out more here.
Again, a good excuse to watch TV. The documentary “Wir dienten
Deutschland” by director Knut Beulich will be broadcast for the second time. Sonoscoop wrote the soundtrack to this. They give us a chance to watch it twice, at 20.15 h and at 01.05 h.
Pure Data is an open source software that offers object-oriented programming.
It is precious to anybody experimenting with electronic music and acoustics. This section provides some patches that I worked on. Most of them I’ve played live on stage, triggered by a MIDI controller. Feel free to use them for your purposes.
You can download Pure Data here.
My nephews who are 8 years old asked me to program a simple instrument for them to fiddle around. This was my suggestion, a combination of Pure Data’s recycled wavetable synth which allows changing the timbre by just drawing. Pitch is controlled by the keys. Press and jam! If you need an English manual instead of the German one, please let me know.
Please make sure you have ezdac~ and synthclaco installed in the same directory, so PD can access them.
Entirely based on field recordings of Berlin main station, released on net label Haze’s series Sound Interpretations.