Today’s sound blog presents another minimally
edited field recording, this time of me rowing a
small row boat on Lake Saimaa in Eastern Finland.
This post is partly motivated by a desire to
reflect on my experiences over the past year
recording with binaural microphones. I have done
most such recordings with the same setup, namely
using a handheld recorder and in-ear
omnidirectional microphones1. What has
attracted me to this kind of setup is the way
that I can, in a sense, directly share what I
have heard. Unlike conventional microphones, my
physiology (head size, ear shape) will uniquely
affect any captured audio, thus making for a
more “intimate” listening experience when
shared. Another factor is the unobstructed
nature of recording this way, being portable and
inconspicuous (and perhaps also less intrusive).
Lastly, there is no monitoring involved, with my
body effectively being both a microphone and a
stand. In this sense, my own presence is always
apparent, if not only due to recording
imperfections, such as handling noise, etc.
Through this, I have certainly gained an
appreciation for attentive mindful listening,
keeping my body as still as possible for the
duration of a recording.