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Barnstable - Rt. 6/132 Service Plaza Sunday, March 11, 2012. Weather: Sunny skies, gusty winds, temps in the upper forties. I have stopped here so many time during the HCC project, I felt it was only right to capture its sonic signature and add it to the project Sound Archive.
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Barnstable - Rt. 6/132 Service Plaza Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Barnstable - Sandy Neck Beach Saturday, November 5, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies with passing clouds, strong winds, temps in the forties. Of all the famous beaches on Cape Cod, this one certainly deserves mention with the best. This relatively quiet day - with a strong Northwest wind - provided a great opportunity to record the hum and drone of the surf.
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Barnstable - Sandy Neck Beach Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Barnstable - Cape Cod Central Railroad Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies with passing clouds, light winds, temps in the high seventies. This recording was made at one of several closely spaced railroad crossings in Barnstable Village. Thanks to HCC listener, Joe Turnbull, for suggesting the CC Central Railroad as a good recording subject. Thanks, also, to Rick and Mary Livingston for being so kind to that strange guy (me) who pulled up in front of their house and started setting up all of the recording gear!
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Barnstable Village Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Bourne - Marina, post-Irene Monday, August 29, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, temps in the seventies, gusty winds. There were many more boats in the water at Monument Beach Marina than I expected to see. However, all was calm - and in one piece - at this location. While recording, a helicopter appeared and flew overhead (surveying Irene damage?). Listen for the dog barking at the end of the recording.
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Bourne - Monument Beach Marina Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Bourne - National Cemetery Friday, November 11, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies with passing clouds, gusty winds, temps in the forties. The quiet of the National Cemetery on this Veteran's Day was broken only by the sound of passing cars and flags blowing in the wind. This flag at the POW/MIA Memorial was particularly conspicuous.
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Bourne - National Cemetery Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Bourne - Shore Road Monday, August 29, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, temps in the seventies, gusty winds. A single diesel engine, suddenly rolling down the track parallel to Shore Road, was a surprise while recording at Monument Beach Arena. Listen for the dog barking at the end - it is the same one that voiced his displeasure at the helicopter. (Note: photograph was taken at the train depot, about a half-mile down Shore Road.)
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Bourne - Shore Road Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Bourne - Under the Bourne Bridge Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. Sunny skies, 32 degrees, winds 15-20mph. Recorded directly beneath the Bourne Bridge, Cape side, and just below the entrance from the rotary for traffic heading off Cape.
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Bourne Bridge Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Bourne Bridge Traffic Rotary Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. Sunny skies, 32 degrees, winds 15-20mph. Recorded from the gas station parking lot at the Bourne Bridge traffic rotary.
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Bourne Bridge Traffic Rotary Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Brewster - CCMNH Crowd Noise Thursday, July 25, 2013. Indoor Recording. During a presentation at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, I invited the crowd to make some noise, thus allowing me to demonstrate my field recording gear. Needless to say, everyone complied. Thanks to CCMNH and the wonderful attendees for a great afternoon!
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Brewster - CCMNH Crowd Noise Indoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Brewster - Inside the Beehive Monday, June 17, 2013. Weather: sunny skies, moderate winds with occasional gusts, temps near 80. How often does one get the opportunity to place a microphone inside a beehive and record? Answer: no often enough! Thanks to Cape Cod Museum of Natural History beekeeper, George Muhlebach - who performed the actual placement of the mic - we had this unique opportunity to listen to the inner workings of a very healthy hive.
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Brewster - Inside the Beehive Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Brewster - Ladies Library Book Drop Friday, August 12, 2011. Weather: Brilliant sunshine, temps in the seventies, light winds. If the Hear Cape Cod project will truly serve as an audio time capsule of 2011, here is a curio: a book drop at a local library. What will be the fate of local libraries and real, HARD COPY books in fifty years? Will all libraries be virtual? Will all books be found in some sort of e-book format? If so, this sound will - truly - be a thing of the past. Thanks to Kathleen Remillard - Adult Services/Reference Librarian of the BLL - for suggesting this recording idea!
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Brewster - Ladies Library Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Brewster - Wind Chimes Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, temps in the sixties, gusty winds. Stopped for lunch at Lemon Tree Village in Brewster and, upon getting out of the car, was immediately attracted by the sound of these chimes. Following my ears, I found the chimes hanging from the back stairwell of the cooking store. With the permission of Lemon Tree Pottery, I recorded the wind and the chimes doing their magic.
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Brewster - Lemon Tree Village Outdoor Recording. Mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 with windscreen
Brewster - Outside the Beehive Monday, June 17, 2013. Weather: sunny skies, moderate winds with occasional gusts, temps near 80. On this take, we placed a spaced stereo pair of mics - panned wide left and right - at the entrance of two respective hives. The bees carried on with their humming, buzzing, and various activities unperturbed.
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Brewster - Outside the Beehive Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; cardioid listening pattern.
Brewster - The Beekeeper Thursday, June 20, 2013. Weather: sunny skies, temps in the seventies, light winds. While recording the bees at CCMNH on Monday, June 17, Ginny and I fell in love with the gentle cadence of beekeeper George Muhlebach, a native of Switzerland. (Ginny refers to his cadence as being Werner Herzog-like. If you have seen any of the documentaries by that great German filmmaker, you know what she means.) In this two-minute talk, George explains the phenomena of swarming. Swarming happens when there are two queens in a hive and one must leave (with half of the bees in tow) and find a location to build a new hive.
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Brewster - The Beekeeper Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Brewster - Herring Run Saturday, April 16, 2011. Weather: Cloudy, moderate winds, temperature - 48 degrees. Recorded at the Brewster Stony Brook Mill, this captures the sound of the waters of the herring run, along with lots a families enjoying the start of April school vacation.
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Brewster Stony Brook Mill Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Brewster - Whitecaps Baseball Game Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Weather: sunny skies, moderate to gusty winds, temps in the eighties. The CRACK! heard at the top of this recording is the bat of Trace Tam Sing (Brewster Whitecaps shortstop) connecting with the ball and sending it over the fence for a home run! I was set up with a stereo spaced pair of microphones just behind and to the right (first base side) of home plate. Thanks to Brewster Whitecaps president, Peter Blatz, for getting in touch and suggesting I record the sounds of a Cape Cod League baseball game.
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Brewster Stony Brook School Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Buzzards Bay - Bridge Going Up Saturday, July 20, 2013. Weather: hazy skies, temps in the low eighties, moderate winds with occasional gusts. As the Cape Flyer recedes in the distance of mainland Cape Cod, the bridge begins to raise again, into the default position, high above the Cape Cod Canal.
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Buzzards Bay - Bridge Going Up Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Buzzards Bay - Cape Flyer Arriving Saturday, July 20, 2013. Weather: hazy skies, temps in the low eighties, moderate winds with occasional gusts. The last day of the July heat wave was the setting for this recording of the Cape Flyer. Definitely, a welcome addition to the Cape sonic landscape (as well as Cape Cod public transportation!). This recording captures the train arriving at Buzzards Bay station, while the bridge lowers for the eventual crossing of the Cape Cod Canal.
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Buzzards Bay - Cape Flyer Arriving Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Buzzards Bay - Cape Flyer Crossing Bridge Saturday, July 20, 2013. Weather: hazy skies, temps in the low eighties, moderate winds with occasional gusts. In this second part of the recording of the Cape Flyer, we are hearing the train slowly (VERY slowly) cross the Cape Cod Canal.
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Buzzards Bay - Cape Flyer Crossing Bridge Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Buzzards Bay - Cape Rail Bridge Friday, November 25, 2011. Weather: sunny skies, temps near 50, light winds. Although there were no trains crossing the bridge on this afternoon, I loved the gentle swing rhythm of the bridge slating, heard near the beginning of the recording (you might have to listen closely!). Soon, it is overshadowed by an approaching boat, on the canal, and a single engine plane overhead.
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Buzzards Bay - Cape Rail Bridge Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Buzzards Bay - Christmas Town Train - All Aboard Sunday, December 22, 2013. Weather: fog, moderate winds, temps in the mid-forties. All Aboard the Train to Christmas Town!!
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Buzzards Bay - Christmas Town Train - All Aboard Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Buzzards Bay - Christmas Town Train Boarding Sunday, December 22, 2013. Weather: fog, moderate winds, temps in the mid-forties. The sounded of excited kids (and seagulls!) as boarding for the Christmas Town Train begins.
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Buzzards Bay - Christmas Town Train Boarding Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Buzzards Bay - Christmas Town Train Sounding Horn WARNING: TRAIN HORN IS LOUD - PLEASE ADJUST THE VOLUME ON YOUR COMPUTER AND SPEAKERS. (Horn will blow 10 seconds into audio playback.) Sunday, December 22, 2013. Weather: fog, moderate winds, temps in the mid-forties. I was unprepared for just how loud this horn sounding would be. Setting the Edirol R-4 input levels for the drone of the diesel engine and surrounding ambience, I was quite surprised when I saw - and heard - the powerful level and sound of the engine horn. Will this nostalgic sound soon be a thing of the past? Or, will we need our diesel trains well into - and beyond - this still young century?
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Buzzards Bay - Christmas Town Train Sounding Horn Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Cape Cod Canal - 100th Anniversary Tuesday, July 29th, 2014. Weather: Sunny skies, temps in the seventies, moderate winds. The crowds lining the canal in Buzzards Bay reminded me of a scene from the William Inge play (movie), Picnic: locals and visitors, all out to enjoy the summer, the community, the rituals. One of those rituals was this incredible tugboat parade.
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Cape Cod Canal - 100th Anniversary Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; cardioid listening pattern.
Centerville - 1856 Country Store Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. Recorded Indoors. The 1856 Country Store is something of a landmark in Centerville. it is also a very popular post-beach stop for parents and their kids. Store owners Joanne and Janet had mentioned in a recent issue of Cape Cod Life that their mother, Lorraine, had always wanted the sounds of the candy room tape recorded. Although we do not use tape, we were more than happy to oblige and, in so doing, capture these two boys enjoying the Gravity Whirl toys.
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Centerville - 1856 Country Store Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Chatham - First Night 2011 Noise Parade Saturday, December 31, 2011. Weather: Chatham mist, temps in the forties, moderate winds. There is no question that the Noise Parade lived up to its name. This was recorded from the lawn of the Eldredge Public Library, just above the starting line of the parade. The police sirens heard here indicate the the parade has just begun!
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Chatham - First Night 2011 Noise Parade Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Chatham - First Night 2011, Big Band Saturday, December 31, 2011. Recorded indoors. There is something so nostalgic about the Big Band Sound on any New Years Eve.
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Chatham - First Night 2011, Big Band Indoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Chatham - First Night 2011, Bonfire Saturday, December 31, 2011. Weather: Chatham mist, temps in the forties, moderate winds. This Bonfire felt great after spending an hour outside prepping for, and then recording the Noise Parade. Upon listening back to this, I was surprised at how well the Rode NTG-1 microphone capture the crackle and hiss of the fire. Heard on the bull horn is the local fire dept., making sure that all of us were safe.
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Chatham - First Night 2011, Bonfire Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Chatham - First Night 2011, Midnight Fireworks Saturday, December 31, 2011. Weather: clear skies, temps in the thirties, little or no wind. The mist had cleared and beautiful starlight was visible at midnight. We were positioned near the Chatham Bars Inn, in between the official fireworks downtown, and those of an unofficial nature out on the beach. This is just a snippet of a nearly 15 minute recording that, I believe, is one of the best of the HCC project. This is just as the pyrotechnics were beginning at midnight.
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Chatham - First Night 2011, Midnight Fireworks Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair; omni-directional listening pattern.
Chatham - Fish Pier Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Weather: Bright sunshine, light winds, temps in the low eighties. The Chatham Fish Pier is home to the largest commercial fishing fleet on the Cape. Every afternoon, fishing boats return to this pier and unload their hauls. After the fish are removed from the boat, an elevator mechanism (sort of like a dumb waiter) lifts the fish to the top of a chute and dumps the haul. The loud cacophony heard at 25 seconds is the sound of the fish haul being dumped into that chute.
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Chatham - Fish Pier Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Chatham - Mitchell River Bridge Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Weather: Bright sunshine, light winds, temps in the low eighties. The Mitchell River Bridge in Chatham is, allegedly, the last existing timber drawbridge in the US. As it is now in a deteriorating condition, it is possible that the bridge will be replaced in the near future. Therefore, tremendous thanks to the office of the Chatham Harbor Master for inviting us to record the raising and lowering of the bridge. With a stereo AT 2050 pair placed below and between the bridge cabling, you can hear the ever increasing tension on the cables as the bridge is raised in this recording. Thanks to Wayne Julin!
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Chatham - Mitchell River Bridge Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Chatham - Monomoy Observation Platform Sunday, October 23, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, moderate winds, temp. around 60 degrees. The unusual quiet of this afternoon was broken by the sound of this single engine plane passing in the distance.
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Chatham - Monomoy Observation Platform Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Chatham - Morse Code, Marconi Maritime Center Wednesday, July 6th, 2011. Recorded indoors. Bob Ryder demonstrates Morse Code. As mentioned before, the Maritime Marconi Center is one of those under-the-radar gems on the Cape. Don\'t miss it!
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Chatham - Morse Code, Marconi Maritime Center Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Chatham - Telex Perforator, Marconi Maritime Center Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Recorded indoors. The best thing about the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center is Lewis Masson! Heard here demonstrating the model 5103A Perforator unit of the Telex amalgamation, Lewis was a lifelong employee of WCC (Wireless Cape Cod). On occasion, he can now be found at the CMMC demonstrating these extremely listenable (and wonderful) telex machines.
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Chatham Marconi Maritime Center Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Cottage Sounds - Kitchen Ceiling Fan Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Weather: recorded indoors. How many kitchens have ceiling vent fans anymore? I particularly love it when such fans are clanky in a very musical fashion! This particular gem of a fan obliged.
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Cottage Sounds - Kitchen Ceiling Fan Indoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Cottage Sounds - Kitchen Clock Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Indoor Recording. There is nothing quite like a warm, quiet summer morning or afternoon, when all one can hear is wind, surf, and the gentle ticking of the cottage clock...
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Cottage Sounds - Kitchen Clock Indoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Cottage Sounds - Rain on Porch Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Weather: moderate to heavy rain, light winds, temps in the sixties. The inclement weather of this evening created a great opportunity to listen to rain on various cottage surfaces. We particularly enjoyed the sound of precipitation on this porch.
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Cottage Sounds - Rain on Porch Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Cottage Sounds - Rain on Roof Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Weather: recorded indoors (but obviously raining.) This uninsulated shack provided the perfect resonant chamber for capturing the sound(s) of rain on the roof.
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Cottage Sounds - Rain on Roof Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Dennis - Scargo Lake Beach Monday, August 8, 2011. Weather: Sunny but hazy skies, temps in the seventies, light winds. Not quite the water/diving explosion fest that was found at the Sandwich Boardwalk, but still quite effective at conveying the beach-play found all over the Cape on a summer afternoon. Thanks to the many people who suggested Scargo Lake as a recording site!
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Dennis - Scargo Lake Beach Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Dennis - Scargo Tower Monday, August 8, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies through breaking fog, temps in the seventies, light winds. This is a recording of walking the metal staircase to the top of Scargo Tower, followed by sounds of Scargo Lake heard from the top of the tower.
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Dennis - Scargo Tower Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Dennisport - Main Street Monday, April 9, 2012. Weather: partly cloudy skies, gusty winds, temps in the high fifties. I had stopped to eat lunch at a parking space on Main St. I could not believe how quiet it was - like a ghost town! At one point, a plastic bag blowing down the street was the most distinctive sound. I decided then to record the sound of the Cape in the off season. The cars (and motorcycle) that are heard at the beginning and end of this recording are almost an aberration compared to the quiet heard in the middle of soundbite.
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Dennisport - Main Street Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Eastham - Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar Sunday, July 3, 2011. Recorded indoors. We have had several suggestions/requests to record in a good, old-fashioned clam shack. Of those suggestions, Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar was the most frequent name we heard. Andrew, the manager, kindly let me into the kitchen during the dinner rush hour (the line outside had to be 30-40 yards long). Dan, a kitchen crew member, helped me set up my gear in the mop-tub, and I then recorded from that deep spot in the kitchen.
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Eastham - Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Eastham - First Encounter Beach Eastham, First Encounter Beach, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. Weather: 40 degrees, clear skies, wind moderate. The sound of waves and people walking the beach.
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Eastham - First Encounter Beach Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Eastham - Gov Prence Rd. Saturday, May 28, 2011. Weather: sunny skies, warm and humid (temps in the seventies), moderate winds. This was recorded in Eastham on Gov Prence Rd., from the small bridge adjacent to the marsh. The recording was done with a spaced pair of Audio Technica 2050 microphones. The microphones were set to an Omni-directional polar pattern. Note the presence of Rt. 6 throughout this recording. The bird chorus is from a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, calling.
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Eastham - Governor Prence Road Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Eastham - Nauset Marsh Trail Thursday, August 11, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, temps in the seventies, light winds. Recorded about a half-mile into the Nauset Marsh Trail, near the CCNS Salt Pond Visitor Center. In addition to cricket, bird, and human activity, it is interesting to hear the presence of Rt. 6. As you walk farther along, the sound of Rt. 6 starts to recede in the distance.
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Eastham - Nauset Marsh Trail Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Eastham - CCNS 50th Anniversary Sunday, August 7, 2011. Recorded Indoors. This is a recording of author Joe Finder reading the poem, Rt. 6, by Stanley Kunitz. This was part of an inspiring 50th anniversary event, hosted by CCNS and the JFK Library. Thanks to the National Park Service and the Kennedy Library for permitting me to record this. 20 summers roll by...
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Eastham - Salt Pond Visitors Center Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Eastham-Fort Hill Park Saturday, May 28, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, warm and humid (temps in the seventies), moderate winds. This was recorded from the Fort Hill Trail, just below the parking lot which overlooks the Nauset Marsh, and beyond that, the Atlantic. Can you name all of the bird songs/bird calls? Also of note: though we are nearly a mile away, you can still hear the persistent whoosh of Rt. 6. Recorded with the Rode NT-4 stereo microphone.
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Eastham-Fort Hill Park Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Falmouth Wind 1 Weather: sunny skies, winds 10-20mph, approx. 40 degrees. This is a recording of Falmouth Wind 1, the wind turbine at the Falmouth waste water treatment plant. Weather: sunny, winds 10-20mph, temperature around 40 degrees. The recording was made by Rob Jaczko and myself, using a Shure KSM 44 pair, recording in omni-directional setting. We were set up just beneath the turbine.
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Falmouth Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: Shure KSM-44 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern
Falmouth - Inside Nobska Light Friday, December 6, 2013. Recorded indoors. As guests began gathering for pre-caroling hot chocolate and coffee, I could not pass up the opportunity to record inside this lovely lighthouse. The cylindrical shape, brick walls, and metal spiral staircase give this sound chamber a very particular reverberant character.
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Falmouth - Inside Nobska Light Indoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Falmouth - Nobska Light Christmas Caroling 1 Friday, December 6, 2013. Weather: light rain, light winds, temps in the mid-forties. The Solstice Singers led the many attendees in this version of Deck the Halls! (This event kicked off the Falmouth Holiday by the Seas Weekend.)
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Falmouth - Nobska Light Christmas Caroling 1 Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Falmouth - Nobska Light Christmas Caroling 2 Friday, December 6, 2013. Weather: light rain, light winds, temps in the mid-forties. A recording of Falmouth holiday revelers singing Silver Bells at the lighthouse.
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Falmouth - Nobska Light Christmas Caroling 2 Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Falmouth - Nobska Light Christmas Caroling 3 Friday, December 6, 2013. Weather: light rain, light winds, temps in the mid-forties. Upon listening, one will immediately recognize that this is a very workman-like attempt at the final chorus of The Twelve Days of Christmas. As a seasoned musician, I just want to note that this is not an easy task for either the amateur or the professional! This is one tricky Christmas Carol (and I've never heard it done better than by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters!).
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Falmouth - Nobska Light Christmas Caroling 3 Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Falmouth - Nobska Light Foghorn Sunday, February 16, 2014. Weather: sunny and clear skies, temp. around 31 degrees, very gusty winds. Spectacularly sunny afternoon after the snowstorm the day before. For some reason, the foghorn was still sounding, and we were only too happy to record this from a distance of only several yards. Fantastic!
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Falmouth - Nobska Light Foghorn Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Falmouth - Quissett Harbor Sunday, February 16, 2014. Weather: sunny and clear skies, temp. around 31 degrees, moderately gusty winds. So quiet on this afternoon at Quissett Harbor. I've been thinking of a future HCC volume inspired by the title of a Neal Young album: Everybody Knows This is Nowhere. I have many, many recordings where nothing much happens, at all. And, I love the desolate, slightly mysterious quality that many of these recordings share.
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Falmouth - Quissett Harbor Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Falmouth Turbine Braking March 25, 2011. Weather: sunny skies, winds 10-20mph, approx. 40 degrees. This is Take 10 of our Falmouth Wind 1 recordings. Roughly half way through, you will hear the turbine slowing down and braking. This is a stereo recording with a Shure KSM 44 spaced pair in omni setting. The microphones were spaced about 50 yards apart.
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Falmouth Wind 1 Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: Shure KSM-44 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Harwichport - Allen Harbor Monday, April 9, 2012. Weather: partly cloudy skies, gusty winds, temps in the high fifties. This extremely windy afternoon had the lanyards singing at Allen Harbor. Due to the cardioid (directional) nature of the microphone used here, this recording prominently features the lanyard and mast of one boat. But, on site, it almost sounded like church bells due to the sound and reflection of the lanyards on many of the boats!
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Harwichport - Allen Harbor Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Harwichport - Saquatucket Harbor Thursday, June 21, 2012. Weather: HOT. Riding the Freedom Cruise Line ferry was the only real relief on this extraordinarily (for June on the Cape) hot day. The ride back from Nantucket was particularly refreshing. I must note here, that the crew of this FCL ferry could not have been more accommodating of the Hear Cape Cod project. They insisted I get out on deck, just above the engine, and record these reverse thrusters as we pulled into Saquatucket harbor. Thanks!
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Harwichport - Saquatucket Harbor Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Hyannis - Cape Cod Potato Chips Thursday, June 23, 2011. Weather: overcast, moderate winds, temps in the low sixties. This was recorded just outside the Receiving area of Cape Cod Potato Chips. Like several other recordings for the HCC project, this contains an unexpected event, or juxtaposition. Right around 50 seconds into playback, you will hear a low-flying jet aircraft pass right over head!
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Hyannis - Cape Cod Potato Chips Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Hyannis - Eugenia Fortes Beach Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Weather: clouds and light rain, temps in low sixties, light winds. Driving to the Cape on this day had the feeling of the seasons changing: cool, rainy weather, the day after Labor Day, first day of the new school year, etc. Not surprisingly, it was quiet at Eugenia Fortes Beach. Still, this recording captures plenty of activity from chickadees, a seagull, a single engine plane, late summer orthoptera, and the sound of light rain.
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Hyannis - Eugenia Fortes Beach Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Hyannis - JFK Museum Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Recorded indoors. A trip to Hyannis would be incomplete without a visit to this spot. Decidedly focused on JFK\\\'s home in Hyannisport, the museum offers a very down to earth view of the president. This soundbite is from a video that features Rose Kennedy - at the Kennedy family Hyannisport compound - doing a little campaigning for brother of JFK, Ted!
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Hyannis - JFK Museum Indoor Recording. Stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser.
Hyannis - Nobska Whistle WARNING: NOBSKA WHISTLE IS LOUD - PLEASE ADJUST THE VOLUME ON YOUR COMPUTER AND SPEAKERS. (Whistle will blow 20 seconds into audio playback.) Thursday, June 23, 2011. Weather: cloudy, moderate winds, temps in the low sixties. This is a recording of the Nobska Whistle on the M/V Eagle. It is the last steamship whistle used in the SSA fleet. It is a force - you can hear me exclaim, GOD!, after the whistle blows, followed by a knowing chuckle from Terminal Manager Steve Perkins.
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Hyannis Steamship Authority Port Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Martha\'s Vineyard - Flying Horses Sept., 11, 2011. Recorded Indoors. Mindy Todd, from WCAI, suggested that I should capture the sound of this carousel on any field recording venture to the Vineyard. I agree: this project would have been incomplete without Flying Horses!
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Martha's Vineyard - Flying Horses Indoor Recording. Mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 with windscreen
Martha\'s Vineyard - South Beach Path Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Weather: Partly cloudy skies, temps in the sixties, moderate winds. This was recorded while walking on a path which crosses Atlantic Drive, adjacent to South Beach.
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Martha's Vineyard - South Beach Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Martha's Vineyard - Oak Bluffs Drawbridge Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Weather: Partly cloudy skies, temps in the sixties, moderate winds. Late on a Sunday afternoon on this busy bridge.
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Martha's Vineyard - Oak Bluffs Drawbridge Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Martha's Vineyard - State Beach Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Weather: Partly cloudy skies, temps in the sixties, moderate winds. Near sunset, facing across Vineyard Sound toward Hyannis: the surf of State Beach.
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Martha's Vineyard - State Beach Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Martha’s Vineyard - Courtney and Ted - Wedding Saturday, September 10, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, temps in the sixties, gusty winds. This is a recording of the conclusion of a simply beautiful wedding ceremony, on a perfect New England September day.
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Martha’s Vineyard - Courtney and Ted - Wedding Outdoor Recording. Mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen.
Martha’s Vineyard - Oak Bluffs Ferry Monday, September 12, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies with passing clouds, light winds, temps in the seventies. While traveling from Oak Bluffs to Woods Hole, I fell in love with the sound of this vent, found on the car deck: Hello Electronic Drone Music! Near the end of the recording (not heard here), the captain passed by and inquired as to what I was doing with my Rode NTG-1 mic, pointing down the vent. Fortunately, he accepted my story.
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Martha’s Vineyard - Oak Bluffs Ferry Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Marthas Vineyard - Agriculture Center Wedding Saturday, Sept., 10, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, temps in the sixties, gusty winds. This lovely music was recorded just before the processional of the Irving/Leffingwell wedding. The duo is led by guitarist Eric T. Johnson.
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Marthas Vineyard - Agriculture Center Outdoor Recording. Mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen.
Martha’s Vineyard - Wedding - e.e. cummings poem Saturday, Sept., 10, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, temps in the sixties, gusty winds. Becky, a guest at the Leffingwell/Irving wedding, recited this e.e. cummings poem, I Carry Your Heart (a personal favorite).
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Martha’s Vineyard - Wedding - e.e. cummings poem Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Mashpee - Wampanoag Powwow Sunday, July 3, 2011. Weather: overcast skies, light winds, warm and muggy. I love this dance: the Goldenage competition for men. The competitors demonstrated such a masterful presence and dignity. Despite its imperfections (the drumming heard is miked through the Powwow PA system, but apparently, there were no separate microphones for vocals), I really like this recording. The drumming is heard primarily through Bose 802 speakers, giving it a very punchy quality.
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Mashpee Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Monomoscoy Island - Fordham Compound Friday, September 2, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, gusty off-shore winds, temps in the seventies. Some lovely crickets, enjoying the protection of a patch of lush grass and weeds, in the front yard of the Fordham Compound.
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Monomoscoy Island - Fordham Compound Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
MV Ferry Ferry in route to Vineyard Haven, Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Weather: 32 degrees, sunny skies, winds gusting 20-30mph. This recording is from a portal on the car deck. Please note that accompanying photo was taken above the car deck.
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MV Ferry Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
MV Ferry - Vineyard Haven Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Weather: 32 degrees, sunny skies, winds gusting 20-30mph. Passengers exiting MV Ferry.
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MV Ferry_Vineyard Haven Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Nantucket - Harbor Thursday, June 21, 2012. Weather: HOT! First Full day of summer and, wow!... the weather let us know it! No complaints however: the high temps were the perfect backdrop to capturing Nantucket Harbor from the vantage of Brant Point Lighthouse. The ferry horn heard here is the SSA Ferry, Katama. Coincidentally, we had recorded this ship - and the horn - last year, on a trip from Oak Bluffs to Woods Hole!
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Nantucket - Harbor Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Nantucket - Harbor Pier Thursday, June 21, 2012. Weather: HOT. While sitting at the pier and waiting for the FCL ferry to board, the Hy-line ferry pulled up along side us. Heard hear is the droning diesel engine as it slowly pulls in, followed by the disembarkation announcement. The remark regarding cooler Nantucket was not quite accurate: even the locals were surprised about the intensity of the June heat on this day.
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Nantucket - Harbor Pier Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Nantucket - Sankety Head Beach Thursday, June 21, 2012. Weather: HOT. This was near perfect surf audio - perhaps the best we have recorded yet - at Sankety Head Beach.
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Nantucket - Sankety Head Beach Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Nantucket - Sesachacha Lake Thursday, June 21, 2012. Weather: HOT. The sounds of a summer day at the lake. (Does anyone know what BUNNY-JACK is???)
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Nantucket - Sesachacha Lake Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Nantucket Sound - Cape Wind Test Tower (Mono) Friday, September 2, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, gusty off-shore winds, temps in the seventies. Mono recording - made with Rode NTG-1 and heavy windscreen - at the site of the Cape Wind Test Tower in Nantucket Sound.
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Nantucket Sound - Cape Wind Test Tower Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Nantucket Sound - Cape Wind Test Tower (Hydrophone) Friday, September 2, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, gusty off-shore winds, temps in the seventies. Recording made from stereo Hydrophones - slung from the starboard side of the Parolski boat - at the site of the Cape Wind Test Tower in Nantucket Sound.
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Nantucket Sound - Cape Wind Test Tower (Hydrophone) Outdoor recording/underwater: stereo. Microphones: Aquarian H2a, XLR
Nantucket Sound - Cape Wind Test Tower (Stereo) Friday, September 2, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, gusty off-shore winds, temps in the seventies. Stereo Recording - made with the ZooM HN4 - at the site of the Cape Wind Test Tower in Nantucket Sound.
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Nantucket Sound - Cape Wind Test Tower (Stereo) Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone (Recording Device): Zoom H4N stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
North Truro - Fowlers Toad Chorus Saturday, April 21, 2012. Weather: Misty w/breaking clouds, moderate winds, temps in the low fifties. While waiting and hoping for the peepers to make their dusk appearance, I heard a familiar call: Fowlers Toad Chorus! Furtive at first, it quickly became a roar - I had never been in the middle of this incredible chorus before! I found myself scrambling to set up microphones (two AT 2050s) to capture the male toads in song. Glorious.
(The peepers began their calls shortly after this.)

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North Truro - Fowlers Toad Chorus Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair w/o windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
North Truro - Peepers Saturday, April 21, 2012. Weather: Misty w/breaking clouds, moderate winds, temps in the low fifties. Last year, during a June HCC presentation at the Truro Public Library, the attendees let me know that I had missed one of the outer Cape's best sounds: the spring peepers. I made note to make certain that I did not miss them in 2012. This was recorded at dusk on Pond Road in North Truro, right after Fowler's Toads had begun their evening chorus.
(Thanks to Maggie at Truro Public library for tipping me as to when and where to capture this!)

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North Truro - Peepers Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
North Truro - Song Sparrow Sunday, June 17, 2012. Weather: Overcast skies, moderate winds, temps in the sixties. I have recorded song sparrows for this project in the past, but this was my first attempt at doing so with the FiRe app (field recording) for the iPhone. It is not bad - I intend to do more of this kind of quick recording in the future (it will be great for traveling to far away places when luggage is always a concern). Just need a wind screen for the iPhone...
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North Truro - Song Sparrow Outdoor recording: mono. iPhone FiRe field recording app; cardioid listening pattern.
Orleans - Rock Harbor Saturday, October 22, 2011. Weather: Partly cloudy skies, light winds, temps in the fifties. During the HCC project, I often find that I am surprised by what is waiting to be recorded at a given location. Case in point: Rock Harbor. While I was expecting to capture the sound of seagulls, migrating birds, and people walking the beach, I instead found... drummers. (They were practicing at a facility, nearby.)
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Orleans - Rock Harbor Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Pilgrim Monument - Take 5 Friday, April 22, 2011. Recorded atop the Pilgrim Monument, with a Sanken CO-100 spaced pair. Weather: Sunny with high clouds, moderate winds, temps in the forties.
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Pilgrim Monument Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: Sanken CO-100K pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Pilgrim Monument - Take 4 Friday, April 22, 2011. Recorded indoors. On this take, Rob Jaczko and I took the spaced pair stereo miking technique to an extreme: we were displaced by five flights in the Pilgrim Monument, with me guarding the left channel Sanken CO-100 and Rob - 50 feet below - guarding the right channel.
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Pilgrim Monument Indoor recording: stereo. Microphones: Sanken CO-100K pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Provincetown-Portuguese Fest Saturday, June 25, 2011. Weather: Sunny, light winds, temps around 80 degrees. Fabulously nostalgic marching band, performing on Commercial St. for the Portuguese Fest. Their panned performance - from entrance on left speaker, to exit on right - is just too much fun!
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Provincetown Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Art's Dune Tours Saturday, October 22, 2011. Weather: Partly cloudy skies, light winds, temps in the fifties. These Dune Tours are probably one of the coolest experiences you could hope to have at sunset on the outer Cape. (For the record: I am neither payed - nor asked - to write that!) I cannot believe that it took me years before going on this great trek out to the Dunes. It is magic out there. Dave, our tour guide, is heard narrating on this recording.
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Provincetown - Art's Dune Tours Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Bull Frogs Thursday, July 4, 2013. Weather: clear evening skies, light winds, temps in the seventies. This was recorded at the pond adjacent to the fire house on Shank Painter Rd., just before the P-town fireworks began. We were thrilled to hear this bull frog croaking as prelude to the July 4th festivities. However, the recording is quite short due to attacking, dive-bombing Mosquitoes. Our new mathematical equation as a result of this experience: 12 seconds of bull frog recording equals a half-dozen mosquito bites!
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Provincetown - Bull Frogs Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Comm. St., Town Hall Midday Saturday, June 30, 2012. Weather: Sunny skies, moderate winds, temps in the eighties. While waiting for the clock tower noon bell, we recorded the sounds of midday at Commercial St. and Town Hall. Listen closely for the familiar ringing of the Provincetown Trolley bell, as well as the LOOONNGG... SHORT, SHORT, SHORT blow of the horn as the ferry departs P-town pier.
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Provincetown - Comm. St., Town Hall Midday Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Provincetown - Wedding Saturday, June 18, 2011. Weather: sunny skies, light wind, temps in the low eighties. While waiting for a latte and oatmeal raisin cookie at Whalers Wharf, we heard bagpipes. Running out into the street, we discovered a wedding procession exiting from the Unitarian Church on Commercial St. The impromptu applause from passers-by occurred as a result of a very sweet kiss exchanged by the grooms. The linear progression of sonic events in this recording is - to me - just amazing.
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Provincetown - Commercial St. Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Distant Foghorn Friday, June 28, 2013. Weather: clouds and fog, gusty winds, temps in the high sixties. The foghorn at the far end of the Provincetown breakwater (Wood End?) was sounding every 30 seconds on this foggy evening. Recording this was tricky because it meant facing our hyper-cardioid mic directly into the wind. On this recording, you will hear two blasts of the foghorn, 30 seconds apart.
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Provincetown - Distant Foghorn Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Ferry Pier, July 5th Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. Weather: Bright sun, light winds, and temps in the eighties. The Provincetown ferry pier is - as one might expect - very busy the day after July 4th. We set up on a bench, just down the pier from the P-town to Boston Ferry, about 20-30 minutes before its 3pm departure. The sound of the rolling bags on the boardwalk reminds me so much of a horse and buggy!
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Provincetown - Ferry Pier Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Ghost Town Saturday, October 29, 2011. Weather: Cloudy Skies, very gusty winds, temps in the forties.. Provincetown's haunted house! This was recorded on Commercial St., just in front of the entrance to Ghost Town. The music heard here was appropriate accompaniment to the approaching October Nor'easter.
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Provincetown - Ghost Town Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Muir Music Saturday, October 29, 2011. Recorded indoors. We cannot believe that another great independent record store is closing. Muir Music has been a P-town favorite of ours for many years. It will be closing its doors at the end of the year. Its owner, Nancy M. Yeaw, always stocked eclectic albums and movies (in fact, strolling down Commercial St. and NOT stopping in at Muir Music was unthinkable). Nancy was kind enough to say a few words for Hear Cape Cod. We hope that she will be back in a new store - somewhere on the outer Cape - very soon. Thanks for everything, Nancy!! (We miss you and the store already.) (FYI: the music heard playing in the background is from a CD by the band, Over the Rhine.)
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Provincetown - Muir Music Indoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Pilgrim Monument Countdown Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Recorded indoors. Because of rain and wind (a Thanksgiving Eve Noreaster!), the countdown - to switching on the holiday lights draped around the Pilgrim Monument - was held inside. However, this minor change of site did absolutely nothing to dampen the spirits of the many people who attended the event. There is nothing quite like being part of a big, crowded countdown. Times Square on New Years Eve has NOTHING on P-town!
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Provincetown - Pilgrim Monument Countdown Indoor recording: mono. Microphone: AT 2050; cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Race Point Lighthouse Saturday, October 22, 2011. Weather: Partly cloudy skies, light winds, temps in the fifties. The swishing sound heard here is me, trying to walk quietly through the sand, while recording the plane taking off from Provincetown airport. This side trip to Race Point Light was a highlight of the Dune tour: it is a special spot.
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Provincetown - Race Point Lighthouse Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - The Breakwater Saturday, June 30, 2012. Weather: Sunny skies, moderate winds, temps in the eighties. The sound of the tide going out at the Breakwater. It took us almost a year to get around to this, but this has been suggested to us more than once during the course of the HCC project.
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Provincetown - The Breakwater Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
P-town Film Fest: Opening Night Wednesday, June 15, 2011. This was recorded inside the newly renovated Town Hall, where the Provincetown International Film Festival opening night selection, The Perfect Family was screening. Director Anne Renton is speaking to the (sold-out) audience and introducing the one and only Kathleen Turner (star of the film). Kathleen quips, I WILL SEE YOU ALL, AFTER! once the applause has stopped.
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Provincetown - Town Hall Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone (Recording Device): Zoom H2 with windscreen; cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Townhall Clock Tower Saturday, June 30, 2012. Weather: Sunny skies, moderate winds, temps in the eighties. We spent this day shooting a video of the HCC project with the phenomenal Benjamin Meyers (director and camera man). Ben arrived off of the Boston to P-town ferry just in time to record (and film) the noon bell at town hall.
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Provincetown - Townhall Clock Tower Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Provincetown - Wind Chimes Monday, July 1, 2013. Weather: sunny skies, moderate winds, temps in the seventies. One of my rules for the Hear Cape Cod project is... Always Stop for Wind Chimes! This is a cluster (4-6) of chime sets, recorded just off Commercial St. I particularly enjoy the varying key signatures as the multiple chimes are not tuned to the same pitch.
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Provincetown - Wind Chimes Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Pigrim Monument, Take 2 Friday, April 22, 2011. Recorded inside the Pilgrim Monument. We set up on the landing just below the start of the stairwell that climbs to the top. Recording in omni-directional, we used a Sanken CO-100 spaced pair (a CO-100 placed in each back corner), separated by approx. 15 feet and heard these families beginning their trek to the observation deck.
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Provincetown -Pilgrim Monument Indoor recording: stereo. Microphones: Sanken CO-100K pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Provincetown - Airport Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - Summer Solstice. Weather: Sunny skies, moderate winds, temps in the high seventies. This was recorded from the end of runway 25 at Provincetown (Race Point) Municipal Airport with a pair of AT 2050 mics, set to an omni-directional listening pattern. The plane heard flying overhead is a single-engine aircraft, just taking off.
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Provincetown Airport Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Sagamore Bridge - Irene Departures Friday, August 26, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, temps in eighties, light winds. By noon on this day, traffic was backed up for about a mile at both the Bourne and Sagamore bridges. Cars, buses, trucks of all sizes, and cars with boats in tow were all seen, leaving the Cape and crossing the Sagamore, as Hurricane Irene approached from the south. (In various presentations about HCC, I have often joked about creating the ODE TO RT.6. Perhaps this is it.)
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Sagamore Bridge Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Sandwich - Grist Mill, Mill Stones Thursday, July 14, 2011. The Dexter Grist Mill (est. in 1654, restored in 1961) is a fully operable mill, complete with working water wheel and mill stones. This is a recording, from inside of the mill, of the top mill stone - closely miked with the Rode NT-4 - slowly turning and the sound of corn berries filtering down between the two stones. Thanks to Diane Hanelt and Bruce for the support!
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Sandwich - Dexter's Grist Mill Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Sandwich - First Night - Wonderful World Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Weather: clear skies, winds calm, temps around 20 degrees. Heard from Main St., these are musicians performing What a Wonderful World.
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Sandwich - First Night - Wonderful World Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Sandwich - First Night Master of Ceremonies Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Weather: clear skies, winds calm, temps around 20 degrees. A recording of Master of Ceremonies, Dave Read, providing some highlights from the evening.
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Sandwich - First Night Master of Ceremonies Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Sandwich - First Night Parade Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Weather: clear skies, winds calm, temps around 20 degrees. The town of Sandwich will be celebrating its 375th anniversary in 2014... hence, these parade revelers offering a rendition of Happy Birthday!
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Sandwich - First Night Parade Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Sandwich - First Night Power Generators Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Weather: clear skies, winds calm, temps around 20 degrees. Well, I guess it would not be a field trip for the HCC project if we were not seduced by some sort of man-made drone-like sound! The electrical generators being used to light the area around the ice sculptures are the subject of this recording. These generators could be heard - rumbling from a faint noise to quite loud, depending on your location - from just about anywhere on Main Street. (R. Murray Schaefer might say that they were a Keynote sound of First Night Sandwich!)
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Sandwich - First Night Power Generators Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Sandwich - Glass Museum Thursday, July 14, 2011. Recorded indoors. The PFFFFFT! heard near the top of this recording is the sound Caitlin Liszszak breathing into the blowpipe she uses to make glass. That gust of wind from the diaphragm creates a hollow in the molten compound on the other end of the pipe - a compound which will soon become a beautiful piece of glass. My thanks to Caitlin for permitting me to record her glass making process. I also appreciated the near-mythic quality of the story of her apprenticeship to become a glass maker. I would love to write a book about that...
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Sandwich - Glass Museum Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Sandwich - Mill Waterwheel, Hydrophone Thursday, July 14, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, gusty winds, temps in the upper-sixties. First Hydrophone recording! The hydrophone was placed in the mill pond, just behind and beneath the water wheel.
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Sandwich - Grist Mill - Hydrophone Outdoor recording/underwater: mono. Microphone: Aquarian H2a, XLR.
Sandwich - Heritage Museum, Carousel Friday, November 25, 2011. Recorded indoors. The holiday season kicked off in fine form at the Heritage Museum on this Friday evening following Thanksgiving. We were simply amazed at how many families turned out to the see the fabulous holiday decorations and, of course, ride the merry-go-round! This was recorded while riding that very merry-go-round.
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Sandwich - Heritage Museum, Carousel Indoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Sandwich - Ice Melting Sunday, February 16, 2014. Weather: sunny and clear skies, temp. around 31 degrees, moderate winds. Though still cold this afternoon, after the snowstorm, the late-winter sun was melting snow and ice from the trees. About one-third of the way into this recording, you will hear my Rode NTG-1 microphone take a direct hit from the ice on the tree branches overhead! Luckily, this much-loved (and much-used) microphone survived.
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Sandwich - Ice Melting Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Sandwich - Boardwalk Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Weather: Hazy sun, light winds, temps in the eighties. Nothing could have prepared me for the scene at the Sandwich Boarwalk: throngs of teenagers and pre-adolescents using the apex of the boardwalk as the jumping-off-point for a good, old fashioned swimming hole! Luck had a bit to do with it: a very warm, stuffy day and my arrival at high tide. I love all of the explosions of bodies hitting the water throughout this recording. Also, loved the engravings on the wooden planks of the boardwalk, esp. the one in the photograph here (LUKE AND FERG 50 YEARS). Thanks to Diane Mandeville for suggesting this location!
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Sandwich Boardwalk Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
South Chatham - Peepers Saturday, April 6, 2013. Weather: clear evening skies, light winds, temps in the forties. Chatham spring peepers, doing there thing, despite the unusually cool temps.
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South Chatham - Peepers Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
South Chatham - Peepers and Plane Saturday, April 6, 2013. Weather: clear evening skies, light winds, temps in the forties. As this HCC project has evolved, I've sometimes thought that the sound of single-engine planes is almost as ubiquitous on the Cape as that of cars. Of course, this is not true - nevertheless, I can't say off the top of my head just how many times one of these planes has made its way into one of our recordings. Here's another example, with the plane - panning from right to left - sharing the stage with the peepers.
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South Chatham - Peepers and Plane Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Provincetown - Cold Case Friday, June 17, 2011. Recorded indoors at a popular Provincetown grocery store. This beautiful drone from the fruit and vegetable cold case seems to be harmoniously resonating with the blips and beeps from the Self-Checkout counters.
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Stop and Shop Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone (Recording Device): Zoom H2 with windscreen; cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Autumn Wind Monday, September 23, 2013. Weather: clear skies, strong and gusty winds, temps in the mid-fifties. Recorded on the morning of the first full day of Fall. A cold front had moved through, leaving 20-30mph wind gusts in its wake. Recording wind is a challenge: it can cause a low-end rumble in microphones and speakers just like that which we hear in our ears. However, I found a sheltered spot which allowed me to capture the wind in nearby trees and shrubs without too much low-end interference. This is the essence of what Dr. Bernie Krause would call, Geophony.
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Truro - Autumn Wind Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Carolina Wren Saturday, June 28, 2014. Weather: sunny, temps in the upper-seventies, very light wind from the WSW. Many thanks to this CW for perching on the tree right next to where I was seated. This song is a little different than the standard Li-ber-TY, Li-ber-TY which one generally hears. For those musicians reading this, it is less triplet-based and more 16th note (albeit slightly swung-16ths). So nice to capture birdsong with such positive signal-to-noise ratio, too!
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Truro - Carolina Wren Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Catbird 2013 Sunday, June 9, 2013. Weather: sunny skies, temps in the seventies, light winds. Although I had already recorded a cat bird for the HCC project in 2012, this most verbose and loquacious example made me pull out the gear and record once more. Not only was it LOUD, it also permitted me to get quite close for a strong recording signal.
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Truro - Catbird 2013 Indoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Common Yellowthroat Sunday, June 29, 2014. Weather: sunny, temps near 80 degrees, light winds from the southwest. For a long while, I was fooled into thinking this was another song variation from the American Goldfinch: the timbre and rhythm are very similar (though the cadence is much shorter). Once again, thanks to the assistance of Mass Audubon Science Coordinator, Mark Faherty, we have the correct birdsong identification.
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Truro - Common Yellowthroat Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Fowlers Toad Chorus WARNING: FIRECRACKERS WILL BE HEARD 45 SECONDS INTO AUDIO PLAYBACK. PLEASE ADJUST THE VOLUME ON YOUR COMPUTER AND SPEAKERS. Saturday, June 25, 2011. Weather: clear evening, little wind, temps in the upper sixties. This is the Fowlers Toad Chorus, heard from a marsh on Corn Hill Road. The fireworks that began 45 seconds into the recording were a surprise to Ginny and I, as well as the toads.
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Truro - Corn Hil Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Truro - Bobwhite Saturday, June 25, 2011. Weather: overcast, breaking fog layer, light wind, temps in the sixties. The Bobwhite are a declining species, but can still be heard often on the Cape, esp. in Truro. This is a recording of this most wonderful quail, heard on a Saturday morning, over breakfast.
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Truro - Corn Hil Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Robust Conehead and Crickets Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Weather: cloudy with light rain, temps in the seventies, moderate winds. The cicada-like drone, which starts up about 12 seconds into this recording, is actually a Robust Conehead (Katydid family). Every evening in August in Truro, I was entertained by these coneheads and crickets. This conehead/cricket chorus is a favorite Cape sound of mine.
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Truro - Corn Hil Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Owl and Robin Friday, June 17, 2011. Weather: clear skies (nearly full moon), light winds, temps in the upper fifties. Recorded at 4am. This is a birding shift change: the hoots of a Great Horned Owl as its nocturnal shift comes to an end, as well as the familiar song of a robin as the sun begins to rise. This is definitely one of my favorite recordings thus far for the HCC project.
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Truro - Corn Hill Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - July 4th Fireworks WARNING: THIS RECORDING CONTAINS FIREWORKS - PLEASE ADJUST YOUR SPEAKER VOLUME ACCORDINGLY! Monday, July 4, 2011. Weather: clear skies, light winds, temps in the seventies. We set up in a hollow at the base of the Corn Hill bluffs, hoping to catch the echoes of of the P-town Harbor fireworks, about 4-5 miles across the bay. We were in luck: not only did we get those distant, rumbling echoes, but a beach party to the north of us - and another to the south - gave us their own, private fireworks show. The mosquitoes enjoyed the pyrotechnics as much as we did!
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Truro - Corn Hill Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; omni-directional listening pattern.
Truro - Corn Hill Beach Saturday, June 30, 2012. Weather: Sunny skies, moderate winds, temps in the eighties. This is the sound of the surf and beach from one of my favorite spots on the Cape: the top of the beach stairs on Corn Hill Landing.
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Truro - Corn Hill Beach Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Corn Hill Tow-hee Friday, June 15, 2012. Weather: Sunny skies, moderate winds, temps in the sixties. Although the tow-hee has been heard as ambient background to other featured recordings during this project, this is the first time that it is the subject of a recording. I wonder how many people began their birding adventures with a parent, or friend, teaching them the mnemonic, Drink Your Tea!
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Truro - Corn Hill Tow-hee Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Corn Hill Woodpecker Monday, June 11, 2012. Weather: Sunny skies with passing clouds, temps in the seventies, light winds. While enjoying the morning sun, this woodpecker grabbed my ear. Although it was possibly 60-70 yards away, I managed to stalk it so that I could get in position for a few decent takes. This is from one of the first takes. And, this recording is for Johnny Rabb, currently on the tour bus with Collective Soul!
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Truro - Corn Hill Woodpecker Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Cornhill Afternoon Crickets Sunday, September 16, 2012. Weather: Sunny skies, temps in the high sixties, light winds. While recording these lovely orthopterians, a black snake jumped out of the weeds, apparently mistaking our long, black mic cables for a potential mate. Who said field recording was not dangerous!
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Truro - Cornhill Afternoon Crickets Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Cornhill Evening Crickets Sunday, September 16, 2012. Weather: clear skies, temps in the sixties, light winds. The sound of September evenings on the outer Cape...
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Truro - Cornhill Evening Crickets Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Cornhill Night Crickets Monday, September 17, 2012: Weather: clear skies, temps in the sixties, light winds. There was still a bit of light in the sky at 7:42pm - made me long for the nights when I could say that around 9pm. Summer is waning - I'll miss the long days the most. As I sat and listened to these crickets, I thought about creating a 30-40 minute DJ mix of HCC sounds (with beats of course). What a fun idea! If that does come to fruition, I'd love to start it with these crickets.
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Truro - Cornhill Night Crickets Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Dawn Chorus Mono Monday, July 1, 2013. Weather: dawn civil twilight, light wind, temps in the high sixties. Arose between 4:30-5:00am to capture the morning birding roll call. This was recorded in mono with the Rode NTG-1 microphone.
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Truro - Dawn Chorus Mono Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Dawn Chorus Stereo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Weather: partly cloudy, dawn civil twilight skies, virtually no wind, temperature around 70. I love this recording! A stereo, spaced-pair of AT-2050 microphones captures the dawn birding roll-call. Particularly beautiful is the textbook matched countersinging of a pair of cardinals, which begins this aural snapshot.
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Truro - Dawn Chorus Stereo Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Distant Surf and Crickets Wednesday, September 26, 2012. Weather, clear skies, temps in the fifties, moderate winds. One of my favorite recordings for the HCC project. This aural snapshot has three layers: a single cricket singing close to the mics, a chorus of crickets a bit further away, and finally - the wind and distant surf heard through the clear and chilly September evening.
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Truro - Distant Surf and Crickets Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphones: AT 2050 pair with windscreens; cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Distant Toads and Peepers Sunday, May 11, 2014. Weather: clear evening skies, temps in the sixties, moderate WSW winds. Distant toads and peepers as heard from the porch of the cottage - and filling the late-evening air. LOVE this!
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Truro - Distant Toads and Peepers Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Front Porch Crickets Saturday, September 21, 2013. Weather: clear skies, moderate winds, temps in the upper-sixties. This was recorded on the evening of the last full day of Summer. The crickets were singing in full glory with their end-of-the-season serenade. The warm-ish temps definitely helped their efforts.
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Truro - Front Porch Crickets Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Head of the Meadow Terns Thursday, June 16, 2011. Weather: Bright Sun, moderate winds, temps in the seventies. Terns can be very territorial and very protective. I recorded these terns with a handheld Rode NTG-1 shotgun mic, while they hovered just overhead as we (apparently) came a little too close to their nests. (Listen closely for Ginny nervously asking, IS IT AFTER ME?!)
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Truro - Head of the Meadow Beach Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro/High Head - Surf Thursday, June 16, 2011. Weather: Bright sun, moderate winds, temps in the high seventies. This was wonderfully listenable, near perfect surf - recorded at High Head, just north of the Head of the Meadow beach in Truro.
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Truro - High Head Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone (Recording Device): Zoom H2 with windscreen; cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Mothers Day Slate Sunday, May 11, 2014. Weather: clear evening skies, temps in the sixties, moderate WSW winds. When I listened back to this recording - many days after May 11 - I was truly surprised that I had acknowledged Mothers Day in the opening slate. It was late (near midnight) and I was sleepy, so I guess it just kinda felt right - and that feeling is what made me want to include it in the sound archive. Please forgive me this indulgence and... Happy Mothers Day, Mom!
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Truro - Mothers Day Slate Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Prairie Warbler Sunday, June 29, 2014. Weather: sunny, temps near 80 degrees, light winds from the southwest. The first, ascending sound that you hear on this recording is the warbler. It has a near-electronic quality that I thoroughly enjoy.
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Truro - Prairie Warbler Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Scotch Broom Pods Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Weather: Sunny skies, moderate winds, temps in the seventies. Just happened to be walking past a patch of Scotch Broom when I heard something like hail! For a brief moment, I could not figure out what was causing this unique sound. Upon inspection, I saw that the seed pods were falling off almost ALL of these plants - and hitting the ground with a prominent slap. Of course, the recording gear was quickly retrieved and used to capture this incredible moment.
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Truro - Scotch Broom Pods Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Sunday Morning Construction Sunday, October 23, 2011. Weather: sunny skies, temps in the fifties, light winds. Corn Hill is possibly my favorite spot on the Cape. And, it has not been immune - by any stretch of the imagination - to the rapid development of new homes and buildings on its lovely dunes. This is the sound of Sunday morning construction of yet another new home atop the hill.
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Truro - Sunday Morning Construction Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Truro - Thunderstorm Friday, July 8, 2011. Weather: Thunderstorm! The 40 minutes plus version of this recording is one of my favorites from 2011. Listening intently for three-quarters of an hour we could hear the storm approach, take hold, and then slowly move away in the distance. Even our neighbors on Corn Hill noted what a beautiful listening experience it was. Due to server restrictions on the size of our sound files, this is just a two-minute clip from that storm. But, it is still wonderful...
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Truro - Thunderstorm Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Truro/Pamet Harbor 5/21/11 Pamet Harbor, May 21, 2011. Weather: sunny skies, moderate winds, temps in the low sixties (This was quite different from weather on the Atlantic side of the Cape on this day). This is the sound of Pamet in the off-season - much quieter than a weekend day in July or August. Note the two gulls having a (territorial?) dispute.
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Truro-Pamet Harbor Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Turo - Cornhill Catbird Sunday, July 2, 2012. Weather: Sunny skies, light winds, temps in the seventies. For a while, I actually referred to this call as The Drunken Robin. Thankfully, our friend Mark Faherty - science coordinator for Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary - pointed out that this was a Catbird. Mark also calls this, The Sound of Summer Shrubs!
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Turo - Cornhill Catbird Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Vineyard Haven Vineyard Haven Pier, Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Weather: 32 degrees, skies clear, winds gusting 20-30mph.
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Vineyard Haven Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
Wellfleet -Eastern Screech Owl Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. Weather: Temp. mid-thirties, overcast skies, winds calm. Mark Faherty calling Eastern Screech owl. Mono recording. (See Blog entries from Jan. 21 and Jan. 28.)
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Wellfleet Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Wellfleet - Cape Cod Rail Trail Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Weather: sunny skies, temps around 70 degrees, moderate winds from the SSW. The accompanying photo shows The Device: iPhone (running Tascam PCM Recorder), Blue Mikey, homemade windscreen, and Ironman armband. We used this recording contraption to capture the mesmerizing sound and rhythm of cycling. Great appreciation here for those that maintain the CCRT!
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Wellfleet - Cape Cod Rail Trail Outdoor recording: mono. iPhone Tascam PCM Recorder app; Blue Mikey; homemade windscreen; cardioid listening pattern
Wellfleet -Oyster Fest, Shucking Oysters Saturday, October 15, 2011. Weather: Sunny to partly cloudy skies, very gusty winds, temperature around 60 degrees. What would an oyster festival be without shucking oysters? This was recorded behind the booth of one of the Oyster Fest\'s food vendors.
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Wellfleet - Oyster Fest Shucking Oysters Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Wellfleet - Spring Bird Song Sunday, March 11, 2012. Weather: Sunny skies, gusty winds, temps in the upper forties. Awoke in Boston to a cardinal and mocking bird vying for territorial rights in my backyard. Then a Mourning Dove cooed. My question at that moment: if it is this active here, what must the birdsong be like down on the Cape today? A trip to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary answered the question: Red-winged Black Birds (which I had not heard since September), Black-capped Chickadees, Blue Jays, and other fowl celebrated this sunny Sunday afternoon...
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Wellfleet - Spring Bird Song Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Wellfleet - White-throated Sparrow Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Weather: sunny skies, temps in the fifties, moderate winds. Thanks to Mark Faherty, Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon, for once again pointing out a great ornithological recording opportunity! This White-throated sparrow was singing happily at Wellfleet Bay on a lovely spring afternoon. I cannot believe how much the melody reminds me of The Blues! (Just imagine a saxophone or electric guitar playing this bit.) Interestingly, this bird was only passing through as these sparrows do not nest on the Cape. Note: I forgot to snap a photo at the wildlife sanctuary before leaving on this day! Thus, the photo included here is actually from summer 2012.
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Wellfleet - White-throated Sparrow Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Wellfleet - Great Horned Owls Wellfleet Audubon Sanctuary, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Weather: Temp. mid-thirties, skies overcast, winds calm. This is a recording of at least two Great Horned owls calling at dusk. The original recording was mono and captured with a Rode NTG-1 shotgun mic. This audio file has been edited by Lucas Moisson for input gain, minor wind/noise pollution, and stereo playback. (See Jan. 29 Blog entry.)
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Wellfleet Audubon Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Welfleet - Owl Chicks Thursday, June 16, 2011. Weather: clear evening, moderate winds, temps in the seventies. One of the best stories of this project: this is a recording of the owl chicks that are the likely offspring of the two Great Horned Owls recorded in January! In their first year, they cannot HOOT! Instead, they make a scraping sound - a SHRIEK - that can be heard at 2 seconds, 22 seconds, and 53 seconds into the audio playback of this recording.
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Wellfleet Audubon Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Wellfleet - First Congregational Church Friday, July 8, 2011. Recorded indoors. Thanks to Pastor Paul Cullity for facilitating our ascent to the church's bell tower where we recorded the Ship\'s Bell striking system: six four-hour shifts, starting with one bell strike (on the first half-hour) and concluding with eight bell strikes (on the last half-hour). We were there at 4pm (last half-hour of the noon-4pm shift), when we recorded the concluding eight bell strikes. Thanks, also, to Pat McQueeney for suggesting this location.
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Wellfleet First Congregational Church Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Wellfleet - American Goldfinch Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Weather: Cloudy skies, temps in the seventies, moderate winds. This is a recording of a male American Goldfinch, singing in a cedar, before launching into the well known Po-ta-to-chip flight call. Thanks to Mark Faherty for being my guide on this hike!
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Wellfleet Mass Audubon Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Wellfleet - Red-tailed Hawk Chick Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Weather: Cloudy skies, temps in the seventies, moderate winds. The Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has not only been home to Great Horned Owl chicks this summer - it has also been host to several Red-tailed Hawk chicks. This is a recording of one flying overhead, near the Sanctuary HQ. Thanks to Mark Faherty for being my guide on this hike!
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Wellfleet Mass Audubon Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Wellfleet - Oyster Fest Chimes Saturday, October 15, 2011. Weather: Sunny to partly cloudy skies, very gusty winds, temperature around 60 degrees. This recording was made while walking through Wellfleet's crowded Main St. As you will notice, my ear was quite attracted to the wind chimes at the Goddess Babe booth. These excellent chimes were made from silverware!
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Wellfleet Oyster Fest Chimes Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Wellfleet/Marconi Station, 5/21/11 Wellfleet/Marconi Site, May 21, 2011. Weather: Fog moving in, gusty winds, temps in the fifties. The original Marconi station was housed on this bluff which overlooks the Atlantic ocean. The area off-shore was once called The Graveyard of the Atlantic because of the ship wrecks that occurred there. One can certainly believe it when hearing the sheer force of these waves crashing onto the beach below.
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Wellfleet/Marconi Station Outdoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser with windscreen; XY coincident; cardioid listening pattern.
West Dennis Beach Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, light winds, temps in the seventies. This was recorded in the parking lot of West Dennis Beach. While watching some windsurfers, my ear was drawn to this persistent cricket, calling from some brush across the parking lot from the beach. Listen carefully and you will hear him joined by another cricket about 33 seconds into this recording.
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West Dennis Beach Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Woods Hole Ferry Pier Woods Hole Pier, Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Weather: 32 degrees, sunny skies, wind gusting 20-30mph. This mono recording is the sound of the MV ferry car deck door opening, followed by the reverse thrusters of the vessel kicking in.
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Woods Hole Pier Indoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Woods Hole -LuSeal, Harbor Seal Woods Hole, Saturday, March 12, 2011. Weather: partly sunny skies, temp around 40 degrees, gusty winds. This is a recording of LuSeal, a harbor seal in captivity at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. The whistle that is occasionally heard is blown by her caretaker, Senior Aquarist Rachel Metz
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Woods Hole Science Aquarium Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Woods Hole Water Tank March 12, 2011: Recorded indoors, at the Science Aquarium. This is Take 6, of seven recordings of the water tanks inside the aquarium.
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Woods Hole Science Aquarium Indoor recording: stereo. Microphone: Rode NT-4 stereo condenser, XY coincident, cardioid listening pattern.
Yarmouth - Seaside Festival Drumming Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, light winds, temps in the seventies. Impossibly beautiful weather! And, the Yarmouth Seaside Fest. did not disappoint: great sights (and sounds) on this afternoon. This is a recording of an African drum circle, sprinkled with a few excellent percussionists.
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Yarmouth - Seaside Festival Drumming Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Yarmouth Port - Ancient Cemetery Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Weather: Sunny skies, temps in the sixties, gusty winds. I discovered this spot on a map while researching Gray's Beach. Upon my visit, I was stopped by a DPW worker who inquired about my reason for being at the cemetery. It turns out this beautiful spot has been victimized by vandalism. I quickly explained my activities, the HCC project, etc. Kindly, I was permitted to complete my recordings. This is one of the most special spots on the Cape, but be forewarned: it is not a public space. (All cemeteries in Yarmouth Port are private property.)
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Yarmouth Port - Ancient Cemetery Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1 condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Yarmouth Port - Leaves Rustling Thursday, August 25, 2011. Weather: Partly cloudy, temps in the eighties, gusty winds. The sound of leaves rustling is an audio event that has been suggested more than once during this project. Recording that sound is tricky: it is the wind that causes leaf movement and it is wind that is the biggest nemesis to outdoor recording. I found a protected hollow, underneath a beautiful oak, at Grays Beach in Yarmouth Port and was able to capture the sound of the leaves as they moved in the gusty winds of the afternoon.
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Yarmouth Port Grays Beach Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.
Yarmouth Port - Grays Beach Ice Cream Thursday, August 25, 2011. Weather: Partly Cloudy, temps in the eighties, gusty winds. Just as I was about to wrap up recording at this wonderful Cape location, an ice cream truck pulled up to the beach: what a gift! The ice cream lady responded to my request to record the songs playing by turning them up - really loud! The sound of this makes me want an ice cream sandwich...
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Yarmouth Port Grays Beach Outdoor recording: mono. Microphone: Rode NTG-1condenser with windscreen, cardioid listening pattern.