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Mexican Ceiling Fan

Posted: November 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: field recording, found sound objects

Home of the ceiling fan in question, and the weirdness that followed.

When in Mexico two years ago, the villa in which I stayed had a ceiling fan with very different voices when set to low and high. I’ve included a short sample of this fan at low, sounding like a grinding motor, and high, when the motor when silent but the blades sounded like a small helicopter.

Weirder than this sound was the villa, which was huge and beautiful, and overlooked the beach and the Pacific Ocean. It was surrounded by a river choked with human filth. Then the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders showed up. Then I thought I would die from food poisoning. All in one day.

True story. Tell you more over a beer sometime. Sorry, no cheerleader sounds were recorded.


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4 Comments on “Mexican Ceiling Fan”

  1. 1 Adrian said at 5:20 am on November 17th, 2010:

    First part sounds like a tile cutter. Second part makes a very usable helicopter noise indeed!

  2. 2 Colin Hunter said at 2:49 am on November 18th, 2010:

    No photos of the cheerleaders either?

  3. 3 Emandes said at 9:46 am on December 8th, 2010:

    So that’s the villa Francis Ford Coppola stayed at before going on the ‘Apocalypse Now’ shoot.

  4. 4 soundslikenoise said at 7:35 pm on January 2nd, 2011:

    What a brilliant “souvenir” to bring back from Mexico. I’d love to hear this clip slowed down.


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