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Recording The 6311 Locomotive

In August 2013 I had the opportunity to record a rare diesel powered train from the 1950’s. This was a long time coming but it finally happened thanks to a few friends and the really cool guys who were tasked with making the machine operational. Here is the back story: In 2011 during the recording of North Country Trains sound effects library I stumbled upon the old locomotive parked along the switching tracks in Ponderay Idaho. It look as though it was being refurbished but I was not sure. A few days later I asked around town and a friend of mine actually knew about the train and who was working on it. He told me he would look into it and a few weeks later he called and told me it was going to start up very soon and would I be available to record on short notice. Of course I said “Oh yeah, I can be ready at a moments notice!”

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Rock Blasting Explosion

Recording the sound a large rock explosion on a mountain overlooking Lake Pend Oreille in North Idaho on August 14, 2013.

I was sitting on my deck enjoying a peaceful summer afternoon the other and then it started… It sounded like a machine gun shooting far off in the distance but it was actually a blasting and drilling machine on the mountain directly behind the house. The location is approximately 200 meters away. I have recorded many sounds up there before and was excited to hear some noise from there again, especially this type of noise because I knew what was going to happen after the drilling stopped… Blasting!

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The Frog Pond

I recently bumped into a friend of mine from the area and the first thing he said to me was “I was just thinking about you the other day, I have these frogs in my pond that make one hell of a racket at night. You should come record them” By the way, this happens to me quite a bit when I meet friends at social events or just hang out. They always let me know if they have heard something interesting that I might want to record, lucky me!

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Train Slackers 2013

It’s been a year since I did any extensive train recording and today I ventured out into the wilds of North Idaho with my MKH8040ST ORTF rig to see what I could get. During a quick morning trip to town I noticed two trains parked across the lake waiting for track repairs to be completed. I had enough time to drive home and grab the microphones and set up on a cliff overlooking the lake. The two trains were right below the cliff just itching to depart. Read more