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New Zealand: Engines of the M.V. Tutoko

Posted: February 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: field recording, found sound objects, sound design
The smokestacks of the M.V. Tutoko, motoring towards the sea on Doubtful Sound, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand.

The smokestacks of the M.V. Tutoko, motoring towards the sea on Doubtful Sound, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand.

I went on an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound on the M. V. Tutoko. Her diesel engines made a throbbing hum that I found enveloping, comforting, and even calming. I headed to the upper deck and recorded her at the exhaust stacks. It took a little EQ to get rid of the splashing water alongside, but this recording should give you a nice sense of the unique timbre and rhythm. Easily looped, this could absolutely make a cool vehicle sound (with granulation and dopplering), or a unique interior thrumming for a vehicle or mechanical interior.

MvTutoko by noisejockey
[Zoom H2 recorder]

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2 Comments on “New Zealand: Engines of the M.V. Tutoko”

  1. 1 Durk said at 5:53 am on July 23rd, 2010:

    When you say granulation, could you elaborate a little more?

    Nice post, again!

  2. 2 Nathan said at 9:22 am on July 23rd, 2010:

    Thanks, Durk! I was referring to granular synthesis, and using this tone as the basis for a higher-tech vehicle sound with such processing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granular_synthesis


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