Recording made on 14th November 2012 with a Sony PCM-M10 on a Hama mini-tripod, using the built-in microphones covered with a Rycote Mini Windjammer. I have used a graphic EQ profile in WavePad to compensate for the slight muffling of the sound caused by the Windjammer. I also applied a 3dB reduction to low bass frequencies, to render the wind noise in the microphones a bit less 'heavy'.
On 14th November 2012 I took out with me three sets of Woodstock wind chimes, with the intent to record about 20 minutes of each solo, and a full half-hour of each of the four possible combinations of these. Because of the likely interruptions through people passing by along the track, plus intrusions from aeroplanes, I aimed to record for longer than the target duration each time, to allow for cutting bits out - as indeed I had to quite a lot. I hung the chimes on small low branches of a particular well situated stunted tree by the Hunter's Path overlooking the over-steepened valley (popularly known as the Teign Gorge, though it is not actually a gorge) in the vicinity of Sharp Tor, very near Castle Drogo. There is thus a constant quiet background of rushing water far below.
This recording is of the tenor-pitched Gregorian Chimes together with Chimes of Olympos and the smaller and thus higher-pitched Chimes of Pluto. The Gregorian chimes are tuned to a Gregorian chant scale, while the Chimes of Olympos are tuned to a melancholy sounding Ancient Greek pentatonic scale, and the Pluto chimes are tuned to a very sweet sounding pentatonic scale, and thus there is an intriguing interaction between the three sound worlds, which helps to keep one's attention rather than send one to sleep.
To my ears this particular combination of the chimes is surely one of the most intensely beautiful of all possible wind chimes sounds, and the full 35+ minutes recording, of which this is just a 5-minute excerpt, is truly hauntingly beautiful. It is as though the wind itself had 'understood' the chimes and played them in ways that have a strong emotional effect and seem to be telling a story (or indeed whole plethora of stories), as though this were a composed work of symphonic music.
The photo below is of the actual tree used for this recording, with the recorder on the mini-tripod just visible rather awkwardly astride the base of a branch. The photo actually shows the setup for the previous week's recording of the Pluto chimes, and the setup for this recording differs only in that I had the chimes on branches directly overlooking the valley slope (i.e. on the left in this view), and the recorder was in the same position except, unsurprisingly, pointing across the valley (i.e. again, to the left in this 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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