The best flight of my life!

Lets face it, most flights are at best a little arduous & at worst, anxiety producing.. Thanks to global paranoia what should be a simple process of check ticket & passport, board, travel & ARRIVE! has become a situation of GUILTY! (until proven innocent)

Where has the romance & excitement of travel gone?

Well…. it requires a strong will (& the ability to rise above a scenario where security requirements dump confiscated “security threats” in a bin, right beside where every passenger must pass) to endure… and endure we shall!

Anyway enough philosophising!
I had the best flight of my entire life today, and this is just part 1 of documenting that flight, because I only just got home & haven’t had time to transfer all the sound & video – this is just a short rant & some photos…. But the context is yet another ode to the joys of working on film and having the ultimate reason to make contact & access some amazing experience/s because, well, frankly it is necessary for the film! We simply HAVE to have these sounds & any variation on ‘no’ as a response is just not acceptable, and at best its just a delaying tactic reality sometimes uses to stall for time….

 

The splutters, firing & revs of those gorgeous radial engines was like hearing the best guitarist in the world (hi Jimi!) fire up their amp, check the tuning & then hit the most exquisite chord you’ve ever heard…. and then ride the feedback for the next 2 hours!
I could not stop grinning!! The light flinting off the circle each prop burnt into my retina just made me think; I was created to be here at Ardmore Airport midday on a Sunday to experience this…..

 

DC3!

 

DC3!

 

DC3!

 

contact mic position 1:

DC3!

 

DPA 4060s position 1:

DC3!

 

Mt Ruapehu passby!

DC3!

 

DC3!

 

contact mic position 4:

DC3!

 

DC3!

 

DC3!

 

radial engines FTW!

DC3!

 

we owe our lives to rivets

DC3!

 

DC3!

 

9 Responses to The best flight of my life!

  1. Matous says:

    Oh I envy you ;). I guess you had to be very anxious to get to your studio to play with the results… What did the contact mics pick?

    • tim says:

      On the window and on the side of the cabin they picked up a nice intense mechanical drone, but in the cockpit I found a great spot on a metal shelf where it picked up the beating between the engines, so the vibration would be quite quiet and then slowly build up & then decay again…

      Will post some examples later in the week once I have all the sound & video laoded up etc

  2. Wicked! My aural taste buds are beginning to salivate at the prospect of hearing the results!

  3. Nicolas Williams says:

    Awesome! We had a lot of fun doing the DC4 recordings as well 😉 quite jealous that you got to have a flight over such beautiful scenery though 😉

  4. Edward Larsen says:

    bugger! but i felt those engines as they warmed up move through my body in a freaky way and it was good, the power of that and the sound of it, to be close as that, im sure is something i will never get to do again.

  5. Pablo says:

    Wow, this is one of my dreams. Always though about sampling a airplane!

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