Wednesday, 17th of June 2015
So far I reached all the denoted sites by bike and taking the bus to the beautiful little Dragør seemed to be the only legit way to go to the south of Amager. The weather forecast predicted some rain in the afternoon and going more than 20 km by bike carrying the entire technical equipment wasn’t an option for me. During this bus trip I had the possibility to encounter the island in an even more detailed way. I traversed the highway, several business parks and some parts of the airport area.
I wanted to integrate the journey into my composition knowing that it would bring a different sound athmosphere into the piece and could mark a perfect interlude before returning to the sounds of water, boats and far traffic sounds. I used the same setup as in the airplane on the way to copenhagen and recorded the ride via the binaural headphones. Because the recording was a bit dull in the end I applied some bell filters around 1,3 kHz and 5kHz to highlight the sounds of the doors opening and closeing, the sounds of the trembling seats and some functional sounds coming from mobile devices of the other passengers.
Dragør Jetty And Sailboat Marina – 1
The ride took me approximately thirty minutes to arrive to the charming Dragør – a tiny resort for sailors. After walking around a bit to get to know the site I chose the long sailboat marina’s jetty as a perfect spot to make a four channel ambience recording.
Applying the same setup as on the first day (cardioid mics in X/Y at approx. 110° and the ZOOM H4n and its mics set to X/Y/120°) I tried to capture the rich soundscape: The constant rumbling of the traffic towards Malmö (the bridge from Denmark to Sweden was just a stone’s throw away), waves hitting against the jelly’s stones lying in the water and boats passing through the marina’s gateway. Unfortunately the wind blew very strongly at this spot: There was no landmass between Denmark and Sweden that could weaken its strength. I set a low cut at 55 Hz but more important some filters around 6 to 7 kHz to smoothen the louder sounds of the passing boat.
A collage of some impressions could be found in the following
I tried to find spots with less desturbing wind noises and wanted to capture the sound of sailboats in the water a bit more detailed. I chose the supercardioid mics in a 90° angle (ORTF) attached to my boom arm to make recordings of the sail boats very closely. Even between the boats the wind sometimes hit my mics too heavily though I decided to sit behind a house of the sail association to avoid the disturbance. By using the normal cardioid mics at X/Y (90°) I was able to capture the sounds of the sail ropes resonating in the wind, a couple passing by very quietely and respectful with their teckel dogs and people cleaning their boat decks. For the recordings between the sailboats I applied a low cut at 60 Hz to cut out some of the remaining wind noises. I highlighted the high mids and the brilliance range to make those sounds of the waves hitting the steel hulls stand out.