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Merry (8-Bit) Christmas!

Posted: December 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: field recording, news

Who knew pine trees grew on sandy Caribbean atolls?

This sound was recorded on Christmas Eve in 2008, on a tiny speck of sand and palm trees in the Caribbean called Glover’s Reef, at the edge of an atoll dozens of miles off the coast of Belize. Someone had hauled a pine tree to the island and decorated it. While palm trees swayed in the wind and the surf broke all around (which you can hear in the background), a small Christmas card sound chip strapped to the tree – so small I couldn’t find it in the dark – played ultra-low-quality Christmas carols all night long.

[I have featured other interesting recordings from Belize before.]

Hope your holiday season, no matter what your persuasion, is filled with love and peace…and a decent signal-to-noise ratio. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


[Zoom H2 recorder, 90° capsule spread]

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2 Comments on “Merry (8-Bit) Christmas!”

  1. 1 Ryan said at 1:29 pm on December 22nd, 2010:

    Thanks for the warm wishes, Nathan. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season yourself and a happy new year. It’s been a fun year reading, learning and participating on your blog! Thanks for everything. – Ryan

  2. 2 Colin Hunter said at 2:36 am on December 24th, 2010:

    +1 on Ryan’s comment. Merry 8 bit chrimbo Nathan!


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