A New Assistant

I have an uber-post which is long overdue, of sounds recorded while on Shodoshima. It has been next to impossible to pause long enough to stop shooting or recording, let alone focus on post, let alone work on outputs for blog posts… But I have a down sampled session on my internal drive and failing all else I shall edit sounds while flying across oceans!

On my second last day on Shodoshima I was determined to record more macaque sounds, and rather than wing it and hope to find one of the tribes near a main road we instead headed to the monkey park. I was a little worried it might be like a zoo, which are often such sad places, but as we approached it soon became apparent this was a free range monkey park – the macaques could come and go as they please, and they did!

Shodoshima

My new assistant?
Awesome cable wrangler, works for peanuts… but prefers edamame!
This was one of those moments (there were more than a few) where I had to decided whether to take the photo or stop the action… Got this photo just as he was looking like chewing on my mic cables

 

Shodoshima

I know this feeling all too well!

 

Shodoshima

I stare into your soul!

 

Shodoshima

Best scalp massage ever!

 

Shodoshima

 

I heard and recorded many takes of the most extraordinary sound of my entire trip here! That sliding door on the right of this photo is where the workers access material to feed the macaques… And when they do throw whatever it is the monkeys want to eat out, the crowd scene soon turns into a mosh pit! I shot some video of it & I will post it too, but that wasnt the amazing sound, but it did motivate it.

After we recorded here for about an hour, some Japanese tourists arrived and as they were talking loudly, we headed up the track further to get out of earshot, to a much larger group of macaques who were just hanging out… I had set my mics and was recording & taking photos when I noticed one of the workers head over towards that shed… And as soon as the group of monkeys realised what was happening this sound occurred, I can only describe it as an optimistic burble, it rippled across the hundred or so monkeys that were near us, and swelled as the worker got to the door and then died down… It was eerily human sounding, although off by a few semitones… But the group sound was just astounding – I have never heard anything like it before! Promise I will post it within the week…

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