Re: singing mcalpine construction site, aberdeen


Subject: Re: singing mcalpine construction site, aberdeen
From: Larry Austin (larryaustin@grandecom.net)
Date: Sun Jul 24 2005 - 11:31:51 EDT


Dear Bill:

What a calming, Sunday morning (here in Texas) gift!

Bless you.

Larry

bill thompson wrote:

> hi everyone,
>
> sorry for x-posting but lots of people have said they
> enjoyed this on the phonography and soundscape lists
> so i thought i'd share it here as well.
>
> i've come across the most amazing thing. on the pier
> near my flat, they're constructing a new building for
> the local harbor officials. it's right on the edge of
> the pier, so it gets the full gale of wind coming off
> of the north sea. the other day i was walking my dog
> and as i approached the beach i heard this amazing,
> angelic sound carried by the wind. i didn't know what
> it was but as i got closer to the semi-built building
> i realized that the 100's of open pipes in the
> structure were creating a wind harp of sorts.
>
> i snuck out there that night around midnight and
> recorded it using a dat and zeppelin, but the wind was
> pretty load, as well as the sea.
>
> when i got home and struggled to eq the track to
> somehow capture what i could easily hear 10 feet from
> my front door, i was reminded of talking to a
> photographer friend of mine one night on the beach.
> the sun was setting about 2am (it stays light here for
> a long time in the summer!) and she mentioned how she
> had tried to capture sights like that on film but
> eventually realized the futility of it. you just
> can't encapsulate the beauty of some things, not all
> the time anyway.
>
> this is how i feel about the sound of this building. i
> wish you all could hear it in person, you would
> appreciate it more then most i think. (i've just
> returned from a listen right now.)
>
> in any case, here is a short mp3 of it:
> http://www.billthompson.org/mp3s/mcalpinesampleuntreated.mp3
>
> and here is the same mp3 but with only the sound of
> the building and everything else filtered
> out:http://www.billthompson.org/mp3s/mcalpinesample.mp3
>
> and here are some pix:
>
> http://www.billthompson.org/pix/mcalpine/1.jpg
> http://www.billthompson.org/pix/mcalpine/2.jpg
> http://www.billthompson.org/pix/mcalpine/3.jpg
> http://www.billthompson.org/pix/mcalpine/4.jpg
> http://www.billthompson.org/pix/mcalpine/5.jpg
> http://www.billthompson.org/pix/mcalpine/6.jpg
>
> hope you enjoy.
>
> b.
>
> www.billthompson.org
>
> www.billthompson.org
>
> ........................................................................
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