Direct mp4 download or play: Hillary and Donald Chia Pet
Direct mp4 download or play: Wireless Microphones 8-7-2016
I think I stumbled onto several feeds of wireless microphones from a performance. Actually, I was searching for a PA system wireless mike feed from the big fair we have in Seattle every year at the beginning of August, called Seafair. There was one signal at about 513.2 megahertz that appeared to be the KIRO – TV channel 7 audio, but they were very careful to cut off their mikes during commercials. Channel 7 televises Seafair every year. The signals were all wide band FM, and due to the great distance (possibly over a mile), there was a lot of fading and drop outs. The large wide areas that show up on the display while tuning, and appear to be strong signals are local digital ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) Seattle TV channels. I used SDRSharp and Airspy to receive wth a simple ground plane verticle antenna, extended to about 5 and a half inches. The antenna is mounted on a microphone stand, inside my house. Screen capture was done with Potplayer.
Here is my recording of the 4th of July for 2016. The microphones cost less than two dollars each, and the phantom power adapters were under fifty dollars apiece. Well worth it, considering there are other solutions costing hundreds. I grounded the metal frame of the window where one of the microphones was placed, due to hum pick up. There are power lines parallel to the window about thirty feet away. I measured several volts of alternating current between the metal window frame and the Mackie mixer. The ground wire worked perfectly, eliminating all hum from the audio.
Direct mp3 download or play: 4th of July Ambience 2016 – Part 1
Direct mp3 download or play: 4th of July Ambience 2016 – Part 2
Direct mp3 download or play: 4th of July Ambience 2016 – Part 3
Direct mp4 file download or play: video commentary
phantom power adapters (more information here)
Direct mp4 download or play: Video – Tucson, Arizona – 5-7-2016
This is the raw video I made for a Negativland performance “Content!” at The Loft in Tucson, Arizona.
Direct mp4 download or play: Common Sense Self Defense
This 16 millimeter educational film from 1977 was purchased on eBay, and features Gene Rayburn from Match Game. Sorry about the poor focus, but I had to run the film slightly out of focus to get a more uniform appearance across the frame. Sometimes film doesn’t always lay flat as it passes through the projector.
I was unable to find another video of this film on the internet, although I didn’t try very hard. I guess this film might be considered rare.
Be sure to check this out and other items on my YouTube channel!
Direct mp3 download or play: OOWEE – short version
Direct mp3 download or play: OOWEE – long version
It has been awhile, so I figured I’d make something for Halloween. I downloaded Audacity (free digital audio recorder and editor) onto a notebook computer ( Dell Inspiron 11, 3000 series) and hummed “oowee” into the built-in stereo microphone. This is the result. Have a goofy, dumb Halloween!
Direct mp3 download or play: The Weatherman’s Club Soda Break – Mint Test
Here is probably one of the most fun and memorable times of being on the radio on Over The Edge with Don Joyce. As far as I know, it was from the year 2000.
This small fuzzy image is all I could find of this label style, which I think was still being used in the year 2000, when I was on Over The Edge.
Here is a link to direct download or play of mp4 file: Radio Catheter
Direct mp3 download or play: Thunderstorm 8-12-2015
Here is my recording of a thunderstorm in Seattle on August 12th, 2015. This is probably the best recording of thunder I’ve ever made. What makes this one particularly good is a distinct beginning, middle, and end. It starts slow with ambiance, then several close lightning strikes with sharply loud thunder, followed by heavy rain. The rain tapers, thunder becomes more distant, and the storm ends with more ambient noises. Some of the sounds were from inside my house, such as dishes being washed and other kitchen clatter.
The recording was made using my Sony PCM-D50 recorder placed on a microphone stand, facing out from the sliding glass door in my living room. The built-in condenser microphones were adjusted to 120 degrees, wide stereo. I put a thin layer of tissue paper over the front of the recorder to minimize wind noise.
There is clipping and dynamic range compression effects on some of the loudest audio. If I had allowed for the maximum amount of dynamic range with no clipping, the lowest level of audio would have been almost too quiet. Of course this is my own opinion. Feel free to disagree!
Thunderstorm in Seattle 8-12-2015 waveform – peak level -.29db