Next on my road trip was a weekend up north, at Oakura Bay. We discovered this location a year or two ago when on holiday in Tutukaka and vowed to return during summer as it is such an idyllic beach & landscape! After searching book-a-bach and holiday-houses websites I found a house straight across the road from the beach, check the view from the lounge:
There was a big screen TV just to the right of that photo, but it didn’t get switched on even once in the four days spent there… What was also interesting was that the house was for sale – I grabbed a brochure to see what the asking price was, but couldn’t believe it $910k!! The house was valued at $170k so the majority of the value was in the location… I like renting places that I’ll never be able to afford to own 😉 It was incredibly peaceful being in a location where the ocean provides a constantly changing soundtrack – apart from shooting timelapse I also started to scheme as to when I would record that beach & it may have been coincidental but during the day the beach sound was very diffuse but at night when the tide was full the waves became very singular and the movement of each wave break across the beach had a gorgeous stereo effect…
This particular beach reminded me a bit of the Japan Inland Sea, with its layered landscapes
One of the timelapses I shot went from dusk to night and I didn’t notice it at the time but the last ten frames of the timelapse had something unexpected – a group of four people with torches had obviosuly gone for a walk out on to the little peninsula to the left and they are appear like fireflies quickly moving around before disappearing..
Our next door neighbour was a great guy Justin Smith who runs fishing charters. After having a yarn to him & suggesting we were keen to go on a trip as much to be out on the water as to do much fishing he worked out a plan for us & we set off on a 2 hour charter that was just fantastic!!
As I was a complete novice Justin taught me the basics of fishing & we then headed out to sea to a favourite location of his, a rock outcrop that is sitting in 45m of water!
I recorded the waves breaking over the rock – the currents were really dramatic out here, but Justin also noticed that there was a seagull feeding frenzy going on, so he manouvred the boat over there & we almost instantly started catching Kahawai fish – quite a buzz as they really fight!
We headed back, stopping to check some of Justins cray pots on the way
It was a fantastic experience and if you are in the area I highly reccommend having a chat to Justin about a trip (Oakura Bay is only a 3 hour drive North of Auckland) – Justins contact details are all on his website – I really appreciated him helping me record some really unique waves & sea movement, in some really amazing locations! And will never forget catching my first (& second & third) fish ever! Home for a feast!
As it was our last night in Oakura Bay, later that evening I set my mics on the beach and recorded over an hour of those beautiful waves, in multichannel with MKH8040s in XY, MKH70s in wide and DPA4060s in spaced omni mode… Have a listen – I’ll add them to the sequel of BEACHES library that I will inevitably release at some point, but I have another idea for their use in the meantime- more on that soon… This is a 50second chunk of the recording first with DPA4060, then MKH8040, then MKH70s….
On the way leaving Oakura Bay I discovered my new favourite prop store – a secondhand/junk store in Hikurangi that was just full of all sorts of great sounds! I added a dozen props to a collection I’ve been building for a future HISSandaROAR library but I also bought what I am pretty damn sure is going to be a really beautiful musical instrument! I picked up a couple of spun-metal drinking goblets & struck them, the pitch of each was quite pure but played together the beating tones were beautiful and complex…. I rummaged through the box they were in and there was another six, so I bought the lot, as I figured they would be easy (-ish?) to tune just by adding small amounts of water… We shall see…