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.
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.
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.
As part of the netlabel’s series “Sound Interpretations”, Sonoscoop contributed the latest piece “Try to leave this building”. The song is entirely based on field recordings at Berlin’s main station.
You can download the experimental package of all contributions for free here: http://h-a-z-e.org/archives/3518#.U3TFpcbv2DQ
Sonoscoop is currently occupying the studio in order to produce the latest pieces. More information will follow.
On December 21 the Goethe-Institut Rotterdam will host a night full of sonorous sound as part of the performance series organized by Vrooom. Sonoscoop is going to play a show with Ekkehard Windrich that night, sending field recordings through sequencers and samplers.
Violently bending field recordings to fit the requirements of happy music, the piece “It’s time you enjoyed your job” was developed in the framework of Radio Calling. The radio performance event was organized by the gallery TENT Rotterdam in collaboration with Camden Arts Centre London. The performance took place on 15 December 2013 at TENT and it could be accessed via the art magazine This Is Tomorrow (sorry, it’s no longer there).