At the end of the traditional carnival procession, the waggons and orchestras were supposed to dissolve in a narrow street. But they just didn’t. The Bavarian samba band insists on playing on, while a tractor is blowing its foghorns, finally giving way to the distorted bass from other loudspeakers. Acoustically the medieval street works like an intimate boombox for this lovely mess.
Recorded at Rottmayrstrasse, Laufen, February 2018
Next to his alpine hut 2000 m above sea level, the owner uses his wooden sink to draw water from the nearby artificial lake. To make a long story short, you will hear water doing happy drumming, captured with two piezo mics. This posting is the only way to avoid publishing the beautiful silence up there, really, it could never be played back.
Recorded at Tauernmoosseealm, Hohe Tauern, Austria
With its yelling whistle sound, this groundhog is telling his brothers and sisters to stay in their cave. None of the alpine hikers was aware of the fear they had caused to those almost invisible animals, until the alarm cut through the sonic scenery.
Stereo recording near Gaisstein, Hohe Tauern, Austria
Take a sonic ride through the temple of doom. The rollercoaster passes by creatures that make scary sounds and cause other visitors to scream.
Pure Christmas feeling recorded at the fun fair at Berlin’s christmas market close to Alexanderplatz.
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.
The intestines of Sněžka, the highest mountain of Karkonosze, have been restored only recently. A group of students rediscovered the huge historical Kovárna mine and made it accessible to the public. Listen to the stunning acoustics deep down in the mine, when one guided tour mingled with the second which was twenty meters above us. Also, descending from steel ladders is audible. The reverberation truly reveals the mountain’s own music.
Recorded in Kovárna mine, Karkonosze National Park, Czech Republic.
On a hot summer’s day the neighbors decided to inflate a basin for their kids to bathe on the street. They liked it.
Recorded in Rotterdam, Coolhaveneiland.
Chemical Industry is the main focus in Botlek Harbor. For miles one sees only refineries that resemble weird buildings in outer space. There is whistling everywhere, the chimneys are like the pipes of a giant flute. This is an experiment trying to capture this impression on a windy day with two contact microphones which were glued to the window of a bus stop. The glass enhances the whistling of the refinery and adds its own acoustic qualities.
Recorded on Botlekweg, Rotterdam.
As part of the massive extension of the Port of Rotterdam a huge artificial beach was constructed to make the heavily industrialized area of Maasvlakte 2 also attractive for leisure. Listen to the wind blowing from inside the grass on the youngest dune of Holland. But wait, something is wrong with the supposedly fresh grass, isn’t it?
Responsible for the transport of sand and brittle across the harbor, these pipelines make beautiful sound. Recorded with two contact microphones on the metal tube on Maasvlakte, Rotterdam.