New Year’s London, UK, 2021, recorded from an open microphone in Kilburn, London. I used the built-in audio recorder in VLC media player to capture the streaming mp3 file from the URL on Locus Sonus Soundmap. The recording starts at approximately 11:54 PM, December 31st, 2020 and runs to about 12:02 AM, January 1st, 2021, London Time.
New Year’s Chicago, 2021, recorded from an open microphone somewhere in Chicago. The same technique was done for this recording as for London. I recorded from approximately 11:54 PM, December 31st, 2020 to about 12:04 AM, January 1st, 2021, Central Standard Time.
Here is my recording of New Year’s 2021 featuring the sounds of the celebration around midnight at my home in Seattle. The recording starts at about 11:54 PM, December 31st, 2020 and ends at about 12:15 AM, January 1st, 2021. I made the recording on my iPhone using my Shure MV88 stereo microphone.
I was advised this video could cause seizures. Watch at your own risk. The Booper audio was processed with extreme distortion to give it an “angry” quality.
Here is a Lady Seiko watch commercial -16-millimeter film from the late 1960s or early 1970s, from Richard Lyons’ collection of 16-millimeter films. This one, like the General Electric Superblow hair dryer commercial, also includes a “China Girl” and other information on a few frames before and after the commercial. “China Girl” images were used by film lab technicians when processing the film.
This recording was made on July 4th, 2020. I started recording at 9:50 PM and stopped at 10:30 PM with the same setup and recording technique as in 2019.
Here’s the setup in VSTHost for 2020. Note the little dip on the left side of the equalizer (-3 dB at 60 hertz, back to 0 dB at 50 hertz and 70 hertz. There may have been a slight amount of 60 hertz hum, although I didn’t actually hear it and the effect on the sound was minimal. There were so many fireworks, I was able to really set a good level on the Focusrite interface before starting to record. There was no clipping and it maintained good dynamic range, too
Here’s the audio (National Emergency) from a previous post “The Emergency Action Notification System” with titles.
Here is a General Electric Superblow hair dryer commercial -16 – millimeter film from the late 1960s or early 1970s, from Richard Lyons’ collection of 16-millimeter films. This one includes a “China Girl” and other information on a few frames before and after the commercial. “China Girl” images were used by film lab technicians when processing the film.
New Year’s London, UK, 2020 recorded from an open microphone in Kilburn, London. I used the built-in audio recorder in VLC media player to capture the streaming mp3 file from the URL on Locus Sonus Soundmap.The recording starts at approximately 11:54 PM, December 31st, 2019 and runs to about 12:06 AM, January 1st, 2020, London Time.
New Year’s New York, 2020 recorded from an open microphone in Queens, New York. The same technique was done for this recording as for London. I recorded from approximately 11:54 PM, December 31st, 2019 to about 12:06 AM, January 1st, 2020, Eastern Standard Time.
New Year’s Chicago, 2020 recorded from an open microphone somewhere in Chicago. The same technique was done for this recording as for London and New York. I recorded from approximately 11:54 PM, December 31st, 2019 to about 12:06 AM, January 1st, 2020, Central Standard Time.
Here is my recording of New Year’s 2020 featuring the sounds of the celebration at midnight at my home in Seattle. The recording starts at about 11:54 PM, December 31st, 2019 and ends at about 12:16 AM, January 1st, 2020. Along with an inexpensive Dell laptop computer, I used VSTHost with LoudMax and ReaFir for VST plug-ins. One microphone was placed outside a living room window at the front of my house, facing west, and the other just outside on my back deck, facing east. This year there were gusty winds up to forty miles per hour. The microphone at the front of the house was subjected to the strong wind and I covered the microphone with a fuzzy “dead cat” wind screen. That helped somewhat, but there was still some wind noise causing distortion and clipping. Pictured below are the microphones, adapter cables and wind screen for the microphone at the front of my house.
In addition, a wire was connected from the metal window frame (where one microphone was placed just outside) to the outside metal cabinet my Focusrite audio interface to reduce hum pick up.
Here is an unprocessed recording of the Ether box. I connected it to my iPhone through an inexpensive analog-to-digital converter. A wav file was made using a recording application. The waveform looks quite unusual, as well.
“Just north of the Sunvalley Shopping Center on Contra Costa Boulevard.”
I made this using only my iPhone and Shure MV88 stereo microphone.
Eight songs (will remain nameless) from an internet radio station that specializes in vintage background music being played through SDRSharp, software defined radio. The software radio tuner was set to capture directly from the computer sound card. Another bit of software known as a “virtual cable” was used to direct the sound from a media player or browser to the input of SDRSharp. The software tuner was set to upper sideband and de-tuned up slightly to create the dissonant effect.
This is my recording of the 4th of July for 2019, done similarly to 2018. Microphones are inexpensive electret capsules encased in facial tissue. I used phantom power to electret plug-in power adapters from Naiant Studio to connect the electret condenser microphones to balanced XLR inputs.
This is a wide stereo recording. One microphone was placed outside a window facing west in my living room and the other outside a sliding door on the east side of the living room. The metal window frame of the living room window has a wire running from it to my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface to reduce hum pick-up. The audio was captured with VSTHost and a little light processing performed with Audacity audio editor. All of that was done on an inexpensive laptop computer running Windows 10.
Here is a recording made by a deceased member of Negativland, Richard Lyons, years before there was any thought of a performing group or band. It was during the time I first became friends with Richard, possibly in the mid-1970s. Richard told me later he made this using his Craig model 212 (two-twelve) portable tape recorder. Richard was even able to make a crude echo effect on this machine. Along with several “takes,” we hear Richard experimenting with recording bits from top 40 radio station KFRC in San Francisco.
Here is another radio commercial from my original collection of tapes I found at a radio station transmitter site in the late 1970s. The original box and the tape are missing at this time and the name “Silvera” has been spelled “Silviera” as the digital audio file name. There are several websites indicating the company “Silvera Lumber” in Antioch, California has been “dissolved.”
Lately, I’ve been having dreams where I can hear similar sounds. I made this entirely in my computer using VST plug-ins.
I made the video using a Winamp visualization that is a little like an old analog television having very bad reception problems.
These are in no particular order and more may be added in the future. Click or tap pictures for higher resolution images.