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Recording The Lake here in North Idaho on a very windy day.

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Water. We have it in abundance here in North Idaho. When it’s moving, I go record it. The massive deep water lakes, the winding rivers, the spring snow melt run-off and the pipes that make sure it gets to where it’s going were recorded during the different seasons over the last few years. This sound effects collection is a close up and personal tribute to the amazing water sounds that can be heard here.

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Here are some sounds of dumping large amounts of water from my JD tractor onto a concrete surface. When I prepared for the dump everything looked like a go and I would get some nice, big splashes but I soon found out the the tractor was not level so most of the water poured out from one side and not evenly. After some dirt ramp adjustments (With a shovel, Argh!) and some quick checking with my iPhone level App I was ready to go. Here is the thing: ready to go meant driving down a steep hill to my stream and hand filling the tractor bucket with over 200 gallons of water… with a five gallon plastic paint container. Then, slowly make my way back up the hill full of water and trying not to spill it all out. Once in position I let it rip.
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This last weekend I had a really stupid idea. I thought if I blow up a ballon, tie it to a pole and submerge it underwater at my secret pond I could the pop it and record the sound of the bubbles surfacing. I had the notion that it just might work. I have recorded many large stone splashes at this pond and when the rock sinks to the bottom of the pond the air bubbles that surface immediately after sound really cool. The thing is, they surface just after the splash and they are very short. I wanted to get some longer take of bubbles surfacing and thought the balloon idea was the ticket to bubble bliss.

Well, I found out that it takes a whole lot of weight to hold a ballon under water. Sometime, try to hold a medium sized balloon under water in a tub… you can barely hold it down and most of the time it pops from the pressure. All was not lost though. I figured while I was there recording I must get something so I pushed down on the balloon in the water with a pole as deep as I could and poked it with another pole that had a sharp nail attached. It popped and the resulting sound was OK but what I found out after listening at lower piches that it did not sound half bad. Maybe a little low end enhancement and some compression and it would make for a decent water explosion sweetener, or a sea serpent with really bad gas.

Heres is the audio demonstration:

Recorded with a Sennheiser MKH-8040ST (yes, it was over the water). Enjoy! -Frank

The video with slow motion playback speeds:

Frame grabs from Flip HD video camera:

Water Recording 2012

Water Recording 2012

Water Recording 2012

Water Recording 2012

All images and sounds copyright 2012 Frank Bry – Creative Sound Design

Ice Covered Pond November 10, 2011

This month I plan on blogging about more of the crazy stupid sounds I’ve gathered during my recording sessions in North Idaho and other places around the universe. This week I want to share a few ice and water sounds that are a little bit different.

Here are some sound effects from a session back in mid November at a small pond in the North Idaho mountains. I used a Sennheiser MKH-8040 and a SD-702 at 24-Bit 96K to record tossing small and medium sized stones onto a very thin layer of ice. Some broke through and splashed and some skipped and bounced across the recently frozen ice layer. We had just had our first deep frost of the season and I was curious if the pond up behind the ranch had started to freeze over. During the winter this pond is not easily accessable by car because of the steep road that leads of the mountain so I figured I better get up there while I still could. Feel free to download the 24-Bit 48K sound file at SoundCloud. Enjoy! -Frank

Ice Covered Pond November 10, 2011


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This is a new series at The Recordist that showcases a crazy stupid sound recorded while attempting to record serious sounds for my collections. Every week I will try find a sound I captured that is worthy of being called crazy stupid.

Water Pipe Photo

This week’s sound is from a session I did at the local Fish Hatchery back in May 2011. Since the lake level was low from the winter I was able to walk out onto the rocky shoreline well below the drainage pipes and record the water flowing out. This two foot round pipe was the main drainage pipe from the hatchery and had a good steady flow of water splashing out onto the rocks before draining into the lake.

After recording many perspectives from the outside and inside of the pipe I was just about to leave when I swung the AT-835ST microphone away from the pipe and noticed a cool panning splash effect. I proceeded to swing the mic back and forth and in and out of the pipe. I did hit the pipe a few times but after all is said and done it’s a crazy stupid sound. Enjoy! -Frank

Next up: Office air conditioner convulsions

As I was cleaning up the yard after years of Ultimate debris from making all the Ultimate sound effects collections I tried to move a 55 gallon barrel drum that has been sitting around for the last year or so. To my surprise it was half full of water. I assume the water had dripped in from the 3 inch hole on the top over the winter and spring. I found out that as I moved it the water sloshed around inside the 55 gallon drum. This was a col sound but I had an even better idea… I should tip it over and record the water flowing out. I set up a MKH-8040 and a SD-702 about 3 feet away from where the top of the barrel should touch the ground.
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Here are some pics from my forthcoming “Mud” SoundBox HD. Enjoy the aroma!

Get ready for some spooge!!! Some of these sound like irritated midget mud spores on cocaine.
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Ahhhh… water, the essence of life. It also makes some great sounds when you throw large objects and generally mess around in it.

Near the mountain rock quarry is a fairly large pond. Between rockslide recording sessions I would venture over to this pond and see what I could record. Large stones were nearby so I started with tossing them into the pond. I got some great big splashes with large bubbling as the rock sunk to the bottom. I also found some smaller rocks and sticks and whipped them past the mic and into the water. Later on, I brought up different sized buckets and proceeded to scoop, pour and spill water onto itself and on the rock bed at the edge of the pond.
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