December 20th, 2012

This recording was made on 18th December 2012 during my lunch break on a hike on the coast path from Portreath to Perranporth, Cornwall, UK. It is a very standard sound of surf on a sandy beach, but differs from my previous recordings of this because I was higher up on a cliff-top, so that the high frequencies that give the hissiness of the standard breaking surf sound are attenuated because they do not travel as far as the lower frequencies (hence the sound of lightning lacking a higher frequency component unless it strikes close by). The sound this time, therefore, is much more of a roaring and thundering rather than a hissing - though naturally it is not all that loud because I am well removed from the sea.

A light aeroplane came over during this recording, and on balance I chose not to cut that bit out, for it gives a balancing sort-of 'punctuation' to the otherwise rather unvaried sound, and that intrusion is not all that strong and is very brief.

As usual for my natural soundscape recordings with a significant sea or wind component, only really good hi-fi speakers or headphones with an extended and reasonably flat bass response could do this recording real justice, for there is a considerable very low frequency component in the sound, which would tend to be unpleasantly boomy in normal speaker systems. Please also 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.

Recording made 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.

(Later note: This recording - with better sound than here - is on one of my commercial CDs, and can be found in my e-Store.)

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