Archive for the month of April, 2009

Apr 19 2009

Sunday Roast?

Category Audio,Photo

Sunday morning. The sheep know that when I’m in the barn, they’re about to be fed. In this recording, they become quite vocal when, first one, then the other six ewes in the paddock realise they’re about to get some hay. Once the hay is dropped (at about 2:00 minutes) they can be heard running between the three piles, making sure the others aren’t getting the better stuff. To a sheep, the grass truly is greener on the other side. The squawking birds in the background are Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. (other birds include plover, magpie, currawong, various parrots and the neighbours chickens & geese)

Also notice how dry the area is. The green paddock in the background is constantly watered by our neighbour to feed his Alpacas.

BTW:- In regards to the title of this post, we buy our lamb from the butcher.

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Suffolk Sheep - Feeding Time

Suffolk – Feeding Time

Recording set-up consists of a Rode NT4, inside a Rode blimp. Tracked directly into a Sound Devices 702 (originally at 24/96)

Apr 01 2009

Horses in Hahndorf – Update

Category Audio,Photo

In September 2008, ‘Horses in Hahndorf’ was a recording of two horses being ridden along the main street. They were in ‘training’ to pull an open wagon for tourist rides. Today, I went for one of the first official rides after they were approved by the Department of Transport. Sammy is the large male and Maggie is the smaller female. It’s a very pleasant way to see the street, although, at 5kph, I couldn’t see myself riding the 40km to Adelaide.

The original recording was of a ‘walk past’ but today I had the microphone mounted just to the left of the driver. (see photo). However, remembering a Seinfeld episode where Kramer feeds tins of beans to Rusty, a ‘Hansom Cab’ horse in Central Park, I was a little concerned with microphone placement.

It was sad to see how impatient car drivers are. At one stage more than a half dozen cars overtook us on the left where the footpath was wide enough for them to fit. (we drive on the left over here) One towing a trailer had to speed up to make it through a gap to avoid colliding with a sign. In the process he cut off the horses to get back onto the road.

This is also the first recording using my new Rode NT4. I like the ease of use of a stereo microphone over a stereo pair, particularly in situations in the ‘wild’ like this.

This short excerpt is from a much longer recording.

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Horses in Hahndorf

Horses in Hahndorf

Recording set-up consists of a Rode NT4, inside a Rode blimp. Tracked directly into a Sound Devices 702 (originally at 24/96)