During the heavy rainfal of November 2012 our rivers are high with flood water, living near the river Thames I decided that a weir at Mill End that lies between Marlow and Henley-on-Thames near Hambledon needed recording….
A flood of sound is not always what reaches our ears unless we use specific microphones, I had recently had a recording session in a local coffee shop and wanted to go back and record their dishwasher as it got missed. I taped the Contact Microphone to the front of the machine and set it in action, luckily this dishwasher has a short cycle as 7am it was a little early for me. Then it occured to me the floods would be pouring over the weir at Mill End and got on the bus and arrived 15 mins later. The weir has a long walkway across to the lock which is a public footpath.
I plugged in my contact microphone made by Jez Riley-French http://hydrophones.blogspot.co.uk/ Turned on the recorder and placed the microphone on the handrail.. A gentle calming metalic watery sound came though the headphones. So I clipped the microphone to the mesh panel and left it running while I took some photos.
I did two takes with this and then moved down to the lock, where I met a lady walking her dog and while she took a few photos we got chatting about the area, photography and what I was doing, it’s always nice to meet such lovely people while out and about! I setup the contact microphone again and did two or three takes. I swapped to the binaural microphone setup and walked one way across the weir then back again. The did some spot recordings with the Rode shotgun microphone.
A cold but worthwhile morning and for a change these waterscapes will not be relaxing but full of energy!
Until next time make some noise and capture it!