Wednesday, 6 February 2013

recently i've been looking into a new backpack for carrying gear on longer walks & Martin Hogg sent the following pictures & info on the Tamrac Expedition 8 - which is large enough to take a blimp & lots of other gear + a laptop:

So here’s what you can cram into the main bit of the bag. The velcro compartments are totally customisable:
the rode blimp (NT4 inside)
Marantz PMD661
Edirol R-09
Rycote fluffy and pistol grip
DPA 4061 kit 
AT897 mic
(i’ve had a tiny tripod in here before too, at the same time)

The bag is meant to take enormous heavy camera lenses so is built like a tank but relatively light weight. I walked miles and miles around sweden with it full of this kit and although heavy when full it’s extremely comfy for long hikes. Very waterproof also.

zipped sections on the inside of the lid fit all contacts/hydros and spare cable etc.

two outside pockets have a number of small pouches which i keep all adapters, spare batteries, spare HD cards, notebook etc etc

There’s a space here for tripods/boompoles but the boom pole will NOT be allowed as hand luggage (i stashed mine in the other luggage with clothes for a trip and unpacked it on arrival).

Martin Hogg 
Twitter is @acoustic_baffle

Friday, 1 February 2013

a new piece by Jez riley French is now available on Touch Radio 

it features recordings made on a trip to Australia in 2012 for a residency at The Wired Lab, though these particular recordings are from the Blue Mountains region.

bower floor | dawn chorus with rain | canyon wires

music sits above and under the first impression.
when duration allows these things come into focus, increasingly.
in swifter moments a sense of quietude is possible.
still, finding pace with listening as a lens, moving
A quiet position: amidst the bright work
A one day workshop / field walk around Tottenham Marshes with Jez Riley French
Saturday 23rd March | 10am prompt start - 5pm finish | Tottenham Marshes
Meeting point: Tottenham Hale Station at 9:45am or SoundFjord gallery at 9:15am prompt
Free but reservation ticket is essential.

Listening and recording; above and under the waters.

All are welcome, though the day will be most fully explored by those with their own recording equipment. We’ll be listening in on the sounds of aquatic life through the use of hydrophones, the resonances of bridges and other structures along the way via contact microphones, using other techniques to listen in on hidden audible signals and of course taking in the sounds of birdlife in the area. 

Meeting outside Tottenham Hale train station at 10am, we will walk along the Lee navigational canal, stopping when and where the mood takes us. Listening, discussing and simply enjoying the local soundscapes of this oft overlooked part of London. Depending on the weather, we might decide to head back to the SoundFjord gallery for a warm up and further discussion later in the afternoon.