Yesterday my travels took me to Madison, Connecticut. This beach is about 150 miles from where I live in New Hampshire. I watched the weather report carefully because the forecast called for rain throughout the day. On my way out to the recording site, it drizzled periodically. Once I got to Connecticut, I met a beautiful place with highly cooperative weather. I do not know much about Madison’s history, but it is a lovely venue, and the backdrop of the clouds hovering over the Long Island Sound is quite breathtaking. I took several pictures, which you can see, in the gallery.
Yesterday’s trip was very smooth overall. I recorded a mid-side configuration and an XY pattern. I experimented a bit with placing my recording unit in a couple of different positions. The waves were simply amazing. Such a lively and intense sound at times! In addition, for the most part, the wind was cooperative. One thing I noticed from the recordings yesterday is that the wind provided an impressive low-frequency accompaniment to the cracking waves. If you listen carefully, you can hear this in the recordings that I have posted along with this journal entry.
Now I do not have a favorite microphone capsule although I will say that the mid-side is highly sensitive and picks up many different conversations in the peripheral landscape. The XY pair focuses a little more on the sound source. They are both fine, but it depends on the type of recording I am going for and what is actually happening in the landscape that day. That is one of the exciting parts of going to a new site. You simply do not know what you will encounter when you get there.
I am very pleased with the reliability of the equipment that I am using. If you noticed from these recent journal entries, I am trying hard not to endorse a particular product one way or the other. I do have a lot of information about the technical specifications of the unit that I am using, although you can find that in other posts on this website. There are so many types of tools available for sound engineers to use out in the field. From my perspective, it is simply a matter of choosing the tools that you find the most beneficial for your creative work and then learning how to use those tools as confidently as possible.
One thing I have noticed is that using smaller recorders allows for easy transport in and out of various locations. As I was driving back, yesterday I was thinking about how I traveled up to the top of the Temple Mountain on Saturday. Thus, I brought with me a tiny recorder that fits in my pocket. It is exciting that we have so many opportunities to experiment with different types of tools on location.
I am very pleased with the first phase of summer recording. It is easy to get a bit anxious and even lapse into complacency at some of the accomplishments thus far. I do not mean to suggest that this project has received many accolades yet. I am referring to accomplishing personal goals with the first few phases of a major creative work. Getting back to it after several months away can be a little bit daunting at first. Nevertheless, it is nice to get back on track. So far, I have made it to four of the six New England states in my next focus is in Vermont and in Maine.
I will do some research on where to go and may ask some colleagues for suggestions on places that have simple accessibility. This is one thing I have noticed that I need to be aware of when I record out in the field. Some people are rugged in the outdoors. Being an inexperienced novice in this area, I have tried to balance finding interesting sites and locations that I can get to quickly. Although I must say hiking in the mountains was a challenge, it was a suitable first step towards getting outside of my comfort zone. I am excited to see where the next steps take me and look forward to getting out in the next month or so.