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Whistling Wind from Where?!?

Posted: February 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: field recording, sound design
Look cold? Good. It was!

Look cold? Good. It was!

This Mordor-looking photo shows Mono Pass in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. 12,000’/3,657m high, we crossed it in August, but we still got snowed, rained, and hailed on, and the winds were definitely in the 40mph range. A forbidding place, an intense day, and freakin’ cold to boot.

I remember the sound of the wind, especially, howling in my ears but also sometimes between spaces between rocks. Very distinctive, almost like the wind that you hear in movies.

I had to travel almost halfway around the world to a cute cottage in a summery, temperate rainforest to actually record wind that sounded like that.

Staying at a lodge along New Zealand’s Queen Charlotte Track on the South Island, a huge southerly wind kicked up around dusk and made this great whistling sound through our bedroom windows. What luck! Rather than be outside in an actual gale, I could position my recorder right near the sound source – tiny gaps between the windows – while having the windows themselves completely protect the microphones from the wind itself. I changed the perspective of the recording a few times, so rather than futz with it all to match or mess with a multitrack edit for this post, I just crossfaded to silence between each wind gust. You’ll get the idea.

So, just goes to show you: What you record, when, and where, can sometimes have little to do with the mental images one gets from the sounds recorded…which is why I included the photo above and not the nice real picture of tree ferns and sunshine!

Whistling Wind by noisejockey
[Zoom H2 recorder]

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3 Comments on “Whistling Wind from Where?!?”

  1. 1 Michael Maroussas said at 5:37 am on February 3rd, 2010:

    ah! that’s why no posts for a while then; forgot you were off to NZ – how was it, loads of cool recordings?

  2. 2 Nathan said at 10:26 am on February 3rd, 2010:

    Indeed, Michael! This post is a teaser for at least four upcoming posts that will all feature sound from my visit to New Zealand’s South Island. (Gotta give Tim Prebble props for offering some great suggestions.) It was a 3.5 week trip I’ll never forget. Watch this space for more!

  3. 3 Gunnar Proppé said at 4:41 pm on February 21st, 2010:

    Music to this windsurfer’s ears.


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