Last summer we had a few nice thunderstorms, and one of them allowed me to mount a sound recorder near our kitchen window without getting soaked by rain. It was early in the morning and the main part of the thunderstorm had passed through leaving a nice quiet rain and a few low rumbles. But then it offered up one last thunderclap for me. A good set of headphones would be best for playback.
August 3, 2009. This was an amazing thunderstorm as the sound was travelling close to 20-25km through rain before I could hear it. Usually I can’t hear thunder when the lightning gets to about 10-12km in distance, but this storm somehow allowed it and the long deep rumblings were fantastic to listen to. In total I made a 40 minute recording of which this is about 7:15 of the best part. Made using a Sound Devices 702 and two Audio Technica AT3032 mics in a binaural arrangement.
The image below was made just 6 days after I made the recording above just east of Red Deer near the NOVA plant at Joffre. Check out my post showing this same image and a few others along with a bit of a story about this storm.
I have started to post a few of my nature recordings on SoundCloud and will link them here. This first one was made in Police Outpost Provincial Park(PDF) which is in extreme southern Alberta, actually on the Montana border. A short trail takes you through some trees to the shoreline of Police Lake. It was amongst these trees that I noticed these insect sounds in one of the trees. I honestly have no idea what insect they are and if anyone knows I would love to hear from you. I was handholding a small digital recorder, an Olympus LS-10, which I can carry with me virtually anywhere due to it’s size and obtain great quality recordings.
The hockey rink across the street from our home is used virtually every evening throughout the winter months. One night I was working on my computer and was listening to the shouts of kids and the sound of pucks hitting the boards and decided to make a recording of the sounds. I went out and started my recording just after the coach blew his whistle ending the formal practice. The sound clip I have posted is of 20 or so 12 year old kids just messing around for the last few minutes before their parents drive them home.
[Canon 5D, 24-105mmL]
This audio clip was featured on PRI’s “The World” radio program as well as on the “Quiet American – One Minute Vacation” website a year ago. (scroll down to January 21st)
[Sony MZ-R37 MD recorder, Sony ECM-907 microphone]