June 19th, 2012

Recording made on 17th June 2012, starting where I made the other Cambeak recording on that day (#158756). Cambeak is a very interesting rugged headland extending westwards on the south side of Crackington Haven, Cornwall, UK, and the recording was made on a Sony PCM-M10, using the internal mics with a Rycote Mini Windjammer.

This particular recording was very much of an experiment, to see if it was workable sometimes to make recordings of actual sections of my hikes. I thought that most likely handling noise would be too big an issue, and so what I tried here was to use my Hama mini-tripod (used for the other recordings) in its collapsed state as a grip, so I was then walking along holding the recorder on that grip for the duration of this recording.

During that time I toiled up the official South West Coast path, about the upper third of the hill that narrowly extends out to the Cambeak headland, crossing two rather odd furrows (caused by the dramatic folded rock bedding here) before reaching the top. There I was getting a little more wind, but stopped a moment to admire the dramatic seaward view for a moment before continuing over the top, bearing south as I descended on stony ground to a col (quite strong wind there), then continuing up on the uneven and sometimes stony, sometimes earthy or grassy ground in the early stages of the undulating ascent towards High Cliff. The recording finishes as I come to be overlooking a section of beach far below, known as The Strangles.

This recording was affected quite a lot from the wind, despite the Mini Windjammer, as this was quite different from a statically located recording, where one would usually seek out a reasonably sheltered spot. The point here really is that the wind needs to be accepted as a real part of the experience that I've recorded, rather than thinking of it as some sort of demon or jinx that was trying to spoil a sea recording.

One good point is that I couldn't detect any handling noise.

One tip for listening to this recording, though, is to listen with real hi-fi speakers or headphones. On my relatively good computer speakers, which are fairly boomy in their bass, the wind really spoils this recording, but the same heard through my hi-fi system with Castle Harlech speakers, really sounds rather nice in its own way, just as a bit of wind booming and rumbling in one's ears in windy weather is best viewed as an exhilarating part of the particular outing's experience.

Incidentally, I deliberately moved the recorder around to roughly follow my gaze, so you may find the moving sound-stage a bit weird, especially when I turned right round to admire the view!

Please note that the volume level of this recording has been carefully adjusted for listening purposes, and ALL my recordings so far are meant to be listened to with a volume setting that would give a realistic level for playback of CLASSICAL music (a large but not exceptional symphony orchestra). If you have the right volume setting, you should not need to change that setting from one recording of mine to another.

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