The contact microphone has been given a good workout recently along with the binaural mics.
Firstly the contact microphone.
I bought this to record unusual soundscapes and it hasn’t disappointed. With the recent flooding on the River Thames I set off to a small hamlet called Mill End between Marlow and Henley-on-Thames near Hambleden.
This weir is probably the largest on the river and has a public footpath across the entire length.
I taped the contact microphone to the handrail with masking tape at a point where the flow of water was greatest. Tree debris had got lodged in the weir and made a nice rhythmic steady texture to the watery sound.
Now this unusual soundscape has led me to write a proper press release with the help from Andrew on Twitter. This I sent to several radio and TV stations and newspapers.
I was asked by the lovely people at BBC Radio Berkshire if I would like to go on and so on Thursday the 13th of December I went over to Caversham and took my equipment with me, not that I need it as a prop to talk about it and as I was with a long serving broadcaster Anne Diamond.
I had about 20 minutes talking about sound recording and how I created two pieces of music from the behind the counter sounds of my local Costa Coffee and how I recorded the weir with a contact microphone.
You see, not every sound can be heard by our ears and travel as vibration through a structure, bridge or building for example, sometimes the vibration is man made and sometimes made by nature.
They all have a place in music, radio, TV and film.
The binaural microphones are a stereo pair mounted on headphones, this creates a recording as if the listener was actually there as the microphones are mounted at the ears on whatever headphones the sound recordist chooses to use.
Especially good in the rain or near traffic or where garden birds are singing etc.
For these two recordings to work you will need to wear headphones.
Sadly BBC Radio 4 Today programme cancelled my interview, but hope this is a start to a bigger audience for both my music and for recording opportunities.
If you are in the broadcasting industry and are interested in something different do please get in touch.