Tube: Recording #1

A standard pipe is set up on the backyard lawn with a brick placed at either end, a small gap is made between the brick and the pipe to allow the air to pass through.  A stereo condensor microphone is positioned in the middle of the pipe.
A standard pipe is set up on the backyard lawn with a brick placed at either end, a small gap is made between the brick and the pipe to allow the air to pass through. A stereo condensor microphone is positioned in the middle of the pipe.

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

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