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July 16, 2005

Bat chatter

Filed under: Vacation 2005, Podcast, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 2:10 am

During the 53rd Esperanto Leagure for North America convention we visited the Congress Avenue bridge in downtown Austin, Texas to see the world famous colony of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge for their nightly feeding.

Before dusk, a chatter could be heard under the bridge. I am not certain, but I think the sound emanated from the bats, though I know that bat echolocation is at a frequency much higher than the human ear can hear.

Listen: MP3 - 0:45, 1 mb / 128kbps

July 6, 2005

Grackle song

Filed under: Vacation 2005, Podcast, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 6:34 pm

Outside the dorms at Concordia University, each and every summer night, hundreds of grackles gather in the trees, singing a never ending collective song.

Listen to the sound of the grackles, as well as some passing traffic and the sound of my daughter playing. Towards the end, they all decide to stop singing and fly away to another tree.

Listen: 1 mb/128kbps MP3

Keywords: bird, grackle, song, summer, traffic

June 5, 2005

End of a Hail Storm

Filed under: Podcast, Ambient, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 9:59 pm

Excitement descended upon the house, quite literally, when I heard a loud noise from the area of my son’s room. He often makes noise for no seemingly apparant reason, so I wasn’t concerned. Almost immediately, Andy rushed into my study and asked breathlessly, “Dad? What was that?”

I knew that a thunderstorm was in progress, so I went outside to investigate. I assumed that perhaps a tree branch had broken off the neighbor’s maple and hit the roof. As soon as I opened the door, it was obvious what had hit the roof. We were in the midst of a hail storm. Chunks of ice were falling everywhere. However, the sound of the impact was quite loud, so I was hoping to find a sizeable hailstone in the yard.

I didn’t find any bowling ball-sized hailstones, but I did witness a few almost as big around as a golf ball, but in more of a disc shape. These made quite a noise as they hit the roof of my and my neighbor’s houses.

I came back in to get my microphone, but almost as quickly as it came, the hailstorm tranformed into an ordinary early summer shower. Captured in this recording is the end of a hailstorm. You’ll hear only a few tiny hailstones hitting the roof, car, and sidewalk. There is a little bit of thunder and traffic noise from a nearby highway. Finally, at the end of the recording, you’ll hear the birds come back out from wherever it is they go during a thunderstorm.

Listen to the MP3

Audio Blog - Notes From the Road

Filed under: On The Road, Podcast, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 9:30 pm

Recordings from the road

MP3 File

May 30, 2005

Sounds From Rose’s Garden, Conversation with Christopher

Filed under: Podcast, Ambient, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 11:04 pm

Flower's from Rose's Garden
Memorial Day 2005 saw us at my in-law’s house where my wife’s mom, Rose, keeps a beautiful backyard garden. This garden attracts many birds, including rare hummingbirds and orioles.

While recording the sounds of a circulating water pump and bird chatter, my eight year-old nephew, Christopher, came out to chat. Listen to Christopher talk about the aural acumen of robins, the intelligence of (and sometimes lack thereof) crows, and the strength of bald eagles. You’ll also hear the sounds of a military jet flyover, as my in-law’s live in the same town as the Air Force’s Strategic Air Command base.

Listen to the MP3

May 24, 2005

Wish I Was Back In Derry

Filed under: Podcast, Music, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 6:31 am

The second song I recorded by the Irish/folk singing quintet at the 2005 Nebraska Renaissance Faire was “Wish I Was Back Home In Derry.” The twelve-string guitar and accompanying fiddle really round out the sound of this sad song.

Listen to the MP3.

Note that my microphone cable malfunctioned resulting in a monophonic recording.

May 23, 2005

Riley’s Daughter

Filed under: Podcast, Music, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 9:19 am

I found a quintet of musicians performing traditional folk and Irish-ish tunes at the 2005 Nebraska Renaissance Faire so I sat down with microphone in hand and recorded “Riley’s Daughter” (aka: “One Eyed Riley”).

Listen to the MP3.

For some fun, load up the lyrics and read along.

Note that my microphone cable malfunctioned, causing the recording to be monophonic.

May 22, 2005

Foul Ball - Seven Years of Bad Luck for Danny

Filed under: Podcast, Ambient, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 8:01 pm

Danny hits a foul ball in Fremont, Nebraska and gives himself seven years of bad luck. I suppose it’s immediate bad luck for his coach, who picked a bad place to park his vehicle that day.

I was surprised at how well the microphone picked up the shattering sounds from about 75 feet away. The incessant Nebraska wind overloads the mic a couple of times, causing a strange sound.

Most of the excitement happens in the first 20 seconds or so, but Danny goes on to hit a nice fly, so I let the recording play for about a minute.

Listen to the MP3.

Blowing a Horn

Filed under: Podcast, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 8:48 am

I happened across a merchant at the 2005 Nebraska Renaissance Faire selling natural drinking and blowing horns. As gross as this may seem to us vegetarians, imagine a bovine horn hollowed out, polished and fitted with a mouthpiece so that it can be tooted like a trumpet.

The merchant was willing to let folks try out his wares, as well as offer demonstrations and even lessons on the spot. Listen as he instructs a young boy on the fine art of horn blowing. You’ll also hear a nearby musician answering the horn’s call with a blast from his own trombone.

Listen to the MP3.

Note that my microphone cable malfunctioned this day causing the recording to be monophonic.

May 21, 2005

Funnel Cake Tax

Filed under: Podcast, Audio recordings — Scott Redd @ 7:18 pm

While wandering the paths at the 2005 Nebraska Renaissance Faire, my daughter, enjoying her funnel cake, was challenged, “Have you paid you funnel cake tax?”

The answer was no. Listen to this MP3 and learn the following:

  • What happens when you don’t pay your funnel cake tax?
  • What is a pillory?
  • How do you know that carrots are good for your eyes?

Note: My microphone cable malfunctioned during this recording, causing some sound dropout and noise, and forced me to make a monophonic recording.

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