December 18th, 2011

This woodpile recording is from southwest Ohio, taken from within a pile of firewood stacked against my father's house. A faint chirping sound was coming from deep inside the pile. The sound was nearly inaudible to my ears when I was standing nearby. Once my attention was brought to focus on the sound, I became perplexed as to its origin because, standing, it almost seemed omni directional yet became louder and softer as I moved towards and away from the stacked wood. I bent down low and found the sound to be somewhat louder, so I used my blackberry cell phone (sometime one uses what's on hand) to record in several different regions inside the spaces between the splitlogs. The temperature was probably in the low 40 degrees Fahrenheit and was on the shaded side of the house. There was about a 3 inch space between the wood and the concrete foundation against which the sound emanated. The amr files were played back, at the fullest possible volume, using a QuickTime player while simultaneously re-recording the playback using audacity 1.2. I found the sound to be quite curious and thought I'd share it with you.

December, 2011


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