Tips & Tutorials | July 15, 2016
There’s no better time than summer to enjoy the outdoors, so throw caution to the wind, embrace the elements, and find new sounds with these tips and tools to get song inspiration from the beach. What can you find if you start listening?
Land recording is for the birds, literally. Try something new and take your recordings under the sea with an underwater microphone—the hydrophone.
Hydrophones don’t come cheap, but Aquarian Audio has an inexpensive selection ($129-$169), including the H2a-XLR model used by Richard Devine. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can also make one yourself using directions here or here.
If the possibilities of underwater recording sounded intoxicating, you might want to get your hands on a wildlife recorder.
The beach is not an ideal place for electronics, so embrace the hostility of the environment and plan to break some gear. Hit the thrift stores or Craigslist, and buy cheap electronics, like cassette recorders.
Get that sandy microphone tone and dried salt water hiccups on the tape. Sometimes sh*tty is pretty, and those beach-induced imperfections could provide a character to your music that you couldn't achieve otherwise.
So, what are you waiting for? Take your hydrophones, wildlife recorders, thrift store electronics, and go see what sounds you can find. And if you run out of ideas, you can always try out soda bottles and wood flutes.
To learn more about Richard Devine and how he uses nature as inspiration, read Eliptik Magazine’s article, Richard Devine: Retaining Mastery Of Machines In The Face Of The Singularity. Check out his SoundCloud account for other wild recordings.
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