Good old stormy weather. After doing a bit of rudimentary gardening this morning I found a length of pipe that our landlord had left lying around. I soon found out (in my typical methods) that it had a fantastic resonance! With the incoming rain on my mind, I decided to set the pipe up in the backyard and get some ‘treated’ recordings, not unlike my glass jar recordings back in June. I placed a brick at either end of the pipe with a small gap, to 1) counter wind clipping, and 2) accentuate the pipe’s resonances. A stereo condenser microphone was placed in the middle of the pipe. The recording below is an 7 1/2 minute snapshot of an afternoon shower.
What you will hear in the recording is the beginning of a shower, becoming heavier, then lighter and passing over. A minute passes as another lighter shower begins.
I love the way this kind of recording technique hints at the anticipation of sound events – i.e. you can hear the resonance increase as the rain gets heavier, and the tapping on the pipe is a dead giveaway. What I especially enjoy about this type of recording technique is the way that sound events are altered by the objects resonance – for example around 7:00 when our neighbour starts hammering something and a trains horn sounds in the distance.
Recording #1 – Length 7:34, 17.3 MB / 320 kbps