January 11th, 2013

Recording made on 9th January 2013, quite low down on seaward side of Penally Hill (Boscastle harbour, Cornwall, UK) close to where it leads on to Penally Point, with the sea coming right up to the cliffs. This is very rugged rocky terrain, and very often the Atlantic swell coming in here is much bigger and thus sounds much more spectacular; on this occasion it is actually still fairly modest, even though considerably more than on my previous recording at this position on 20th June 2012. The repeated heavy thumps and 'whoomphs' are produced as the waves hit the end of various clefts and small caves in the cliff. The heavier sounds are mostly coming from one particular small cave that is just left of centre in this recording, which I take to be the seaward aspect (i.e. 'receiving end') of the Boscastle blow-hole.

Because the recorder is pointing towards the blow-hole 'back end' (i.e., receiving end), it is actually pointing roughly along the cliff-line, with the open sea on the right:


Towards the end of the recording a dog briefly barks at me from a distance, from the unofficial little contouring track that runs a little above where I am for this recording. Fortunately little doggie had a man on a lead, and so it couldn't come far in the recorder's direction, and, say, inquisitively sniff it and knock it over the cliff edge.

This recording was made with a Sony PCM-M10 on a Hama mini-tripod, using the built-in microphones covered with a Rode Deadkitten. There was a very light breeze coming from behind the recorder, but not enough to notice at all in the recording.

http://www.broad-horizon-nature.co.uk/arrow-long-right.gif Please note that all recordings from 5th January to 2nd Feb 2013, inclusive (i.e. including this one) did not receive any correction for high-frequency attenuation caused by the new Rode Dead Kitten windshield. Subsequently I was able to work out a graphic EQ profile to apply to all recordings that used that windshield, and have applied it retrospectively - but I have no plans to go through the hassle of re-uploading here the recordings that originally missed out on that correction. Therefore, copies of recordings made in that period, including this one, which I supply on CDs or as licensed copies for commercial use, will have better sound quality and will sound clearer, more 'present', and with more precision of detail than what you hear from here.

Please note that only very good speakers / headphones with a very extended bass response will do this recording real justice. Also, it may sound unpleasantly boomy on speakers that have any sort of boominess (like my computer speakers!). 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.

(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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