Archive for ‘Field Recordings’

October 29, 2012

Mountain Hike 2012 Post 3

On the way down “Åreskutan” the wind began to accelerate and the fog thickened. As a guidepost, there were a lot of weather-beaten red steel pipes drilled into the rock. Some of these pipes had small holes in them that induced a flute-like sound when the wind blew through them.
At the beginning I did not understand that the sounds came from the pipes so for a long time I walked around and wondered what these droney abstract sounds which created an even more eerie feeling in the barren landscape was.

When I realized it was the pipes that developed them I took my Aquarian H2 hydrophone and lowered it a few feet down the pipe and really hoped that it could capture the sound, and it really did!

I think this recording is the most intresting and best recording I made this mountain hike. Both because it was so unexpected and for the fasination of how melodic and complex sounds the nature can create.

[Recorded with a Aquarian H2a hydrophone conected to a Marantz PMD661 audio recorder]

PS. If you liked what you just heard keep your ears and eyes peeled for a cassette tape called “Fragments from a world that is no more” that I currently working on where these sounds are the base of the composition. D.S.

October 7, 2012

Mountain Hike 2012 Post 2

A one-day hike that we did was to climb the 1420 meters high mountain “Åreskutan” in the middle of the large ski resort of Åre.
We thought this would be an easy hike completed in 5-6 hours but the weather wasnt with us and it turned out to be a very struggling walk in heavy rain and hard wind.
But when we started walking from central Åre weather was fine apart from some light rain. After about two hours of walking we had come halfway up the mountain and it was time to pack up our liquid-gas stove and cook some lunch.
We found a shelter that we set ourselves in in order to get protection from the rain which had now begun to accelerate.
The sound of the wind and the rain that fell on the shelters tin roof was very intense so I decided to put a hydrophone on the roof to capture this complex and almost ghostly sound.
The recording turned out to be very raw and distorted. I really like it!

[Recorded with a Aquarian H2a hydrophone (in a contact mic adapter) conected to a Marantz PMD661 audio recorder]

September 7, 2012

Mountain Hike 2012 Post 1

This summer me and my girlfriend spent one week hiking in the Swedish “Jämtland mountains”.
We walked about a hundred kilometers in six days and I brought my recording equipment to try to capture the sounds of this beautiful landscape.

I will upload a few of the recording here in the upcoming weeks.

First out is four recordings of some mountain streams and rivers.

The first couple of days we walked down the big mountain river “Storulvån”.
The sound from this river was very intense and monotone and after a few days it started to get on my nerves and I longed to get away from the river and into the silence of the bare mountains.
But still I think it is a really fascinating powerfull sound that just goes on and on and on and on…

[Recorded with a Röde NT4 microphone (inside a Röde Blimp) connected to a Marantz PMD-661 audio recorder.]

Along the way we passed many small mountain streams were we often stayed and picked up some water to drink (oh yes the water up in the mountains is very fresh and tastes wonderful:-).

[Recorded with one Aquarian H2 hydrophone connected to a Marantz PMD-661 audio recorder]

May 30, 2012

Jurko Haltuu & Anders Walldén Live@Luminans (Borgen) 2012-03-23 Malmö

A few months ago I wrote that I was preparing a liveset together with Anders Walldén, the gig went well and if you are intrested you can download and listen to how the set ended up here: BorgFM
(Sound quality is not the best but you get a good sense of how it sounded anyway)

The set is mostly build around sounds from the upcoming cassette split we are working on and soon going to release on my lable Funeral Fog Reords. So take a listen to the recording and keep your ears and eyes open for the release if you like what you hear.

April 26, 2012

New York Sounds: Path train from Christopher Street to Hoboken

This is the last New York sound that I going to upload. It is a recording that starts underground in the Christopher Street path station and takes you under the Hudson River to Hoboken, New Jersey.
I really enjoy recording in subway trains and stations. They always offer many exciting drones and noises.

For this recordingI used my Röde NT4 in the Röde Blimp (clamped outside my back pack) connected to my Marantz PMD661.

April 24, 2012

New York Sounds: Central Park

I made this field recording a sunny day sitting on the grass in Central Park with my Röde Blimp and NT4 connected to my Marantz PMD-661.
I really like how so many sounds and atmospheres come together in this recording. The droning sound from all the cars on Manhattan, the rumble of planes and helicopters that circulated over the park, the wind rustling in the treetops, people chattering on their picnic blankets and birds singing.

It was a nice day in the park.

April 23, 2012

New York Sounds: American Museum of Natural History

Recently my girlfriend and I were in New York to visit her sister.
I brought my Rode NT4, Rode Blimp and my Marantz PMD-661 audio recorder to record some sounds from this big city.
The result was not as successful as I had hoped.
It was quite a hassle to carry around the Rode Blimp with the NT4 in it. So quite a few days, I just took the PMD-661 with me and left the NT4 at home. This resulted in poorer lo-fi field recordings that I am not so satisfied with.

But I managed to do some nice recordings and I will post some of the highlights here on the blog over the next few days.

First up is some ambience from the American Museum of Natural History.
I made this recording with the internal microphones of the PMD-661 in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs.
I really liked the reverb in the exhibition hall and I think the 661 managed to capture the atmosphere relatively fine in this recording.

January 8, 2012

Among gulls, gray gooses and joggers in Pildammsparken Malmö 2012-01-08

Today I decided to take my gear and go to Pildammsparken the largest park in my hometown Malmö, consisting of large green areas, willow forest and a big pond.
The park is a popular place to exercise in. And around the pond, there is a rich bird life.

Here are a short sample from today’s session:

[Recorded with a Röde NT4 connected to a Marantz PMD661]

November 30, 2011

Alpacas and streams in Rataryd 2011-11-19

Last weekend I spent at my parents in laws house located in a small village called Rataryd deep in them woods of Småland.
When I’m there so I always try to take this opportunity to make some field recordings. It’s fun to be able to do some recordings of natural sounds and sounds of the countryside.

We spent some time in the stables with their alpacas. There is no special social animals but if you drew them with some carrots they could not resist to come and taste a bit.

On the way home from the barn we passed a small stream whose sound I took the opportunity to record some samples from.

February 13, 2011

Down in the basement

I have started to spend some time in my basement to record sounds to some new songs that I’ve been thinking about for a while.

The idea is that I’m going to record sounds from various parts of the basement and then process them to ambient soundscapes.
This is my first raw recording from the underworld. I really like how droney the sounds turned out to be when you are in a “concrete hole” a few feet under the ground :-).