With a name like Destruction Gully of course I had to check it out! Please comment and correct me if I am mistaken, but I think the name originates from the number of ships destroyed when trying to enter Manukau harbour, the worst being the Orpheus in 1861, with 189 lives lost. The track is on the road to Whatipu (maybe ten minutes past Little Huia) and the section across to the lookout is an easy, flat five minute walk through beautiful native bush….
Past the lookout, the track then winds steeply down to Makaka Bay (I didn’t do this part as I was lugging a lot of gear, but I am evolving a small, very portable alternate record kit for such excursions – probably just the SD722, MKH 8040s and Fuji x100s)
It was a little windy, and I could hear gusts travelling through the trees, until they arrived at the lookout and sometimes knocked over the Telinga dish! So beautiful to stop and listen for a while…
Listening back through the recordings I managed to find two melodic fragments of bird song that instantly made my eyes glaze over & set composition ideas into motion. And I appreciate I am a bit late to the party but I also have to say Izotope RX3 Advanced – Wow!! I had used the plugin a bit but hadn’t messed with the freestanding app much at all, but have fallen in love with just how much manipulation can be achieved with it, noise reduction aside! Along with AudioSculpt, this is going to be an invaluable tool for this project!
I will start posting some recordings next week!