January 23rd, 2007

Lightning strikes the house next door, and echoes off the houses and hills of the neighbourhood. Sennheiser MD421 pointed at open window during thunderstorm, Ampex MX10 tube mixer, Ampex 960 tube reel-to-reel. Dual mono recording, good fidelity. Tape hiss is masked by white noise from rain. If you listen closely, the leading edge of the clap is preceded by a faint click (visible in audio editing software), which is likely the instant the bolt makes contact and sends electricity through everything in the vicinity (tubes are forgiving). The shockwave from the superheated air (which only travels at the speed of sound) arrives as the main clap a split second afterwards. Startled recordist can also be heard in the fadeout.


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    albertsx65 10 years, 2 months ago

    i'm speechless !!! great !!!

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    --DeletedUser-- 10 years, 7 months ago

    10 out of 10! That is an awesome recording and an awesome story.

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    hello_flowers 10 years, 7 months ago

    It hit their friggen house!? Holy crap!

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    gccradioscience 10 years, 8 months ago

    Did it strike a tree or the next neighbors house?

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    jobro 10 years, 8 months ago

    I bet you crapped your pants from hearing your voice in the end. Good stuff, I like it alot!

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