This morning I got up early & raced into town to see Werner Herzogs new doco LO AND BEHOLD, which was excellent – funny, profound and very thought provoking about the role of the internet past, present & future. Coincidentally when I got home the power was off = no internet!
Last night a big northerly storm arrived & it was still blowing a gale today, but about the time I came home from the screening coincided with high tide, and I was greeted with this as I drove around the waterfront:
Debris washed up on to the road.. and the waves were breaking right up onto the road!!
Of course I went home, grabbed some lunch & my 722 recorder & mics & camera… The ocean was fierce, but the wind meant the sound of the waves was very diffuse & not so interesting…
But the wind was fairly shreiking in the rigging of all the yachts in the boat club car park, so I left my 722 recorder rolling for half an hour while I went off & took photos….
Couldn’t help but wonder how it might sound, pitched down two octaves… & filtered…
Kinda retro/almost archival sub Antarctic doco sounding?
My neighbour Dave had also told me about an interesting sound he’d heard ages ago, so I went to see if I could find it. On the beach side there is a drain vent:
The drain runs under the road & into a covered concrete culvert, and eventually emerges 50m away – by the entrance to Karehana Bay park:
So I put my pair of MKH8040s on to a boom and had a listen to the quite freaky sounds coming from inside there, have a listen:
Wow – its almost like a blowhole, like distant explosions! As it was high tide, the beach vent was almost underwater, so I’ll have to try another recording mid tide…
Thanks Dave for sharing the sound!