Sunday, 24 September 2017

Regional Arts Fellowship - Field Report 1 [Chris Watson Mentorship]

The overseas field trips as part of my Regional Arts Fellowship are now completed and I will be compiling a few posts to report on those activities. During the trips I posted up a whole bunch of pictures/tweets live through my twitter account, so you can also have a look back through those tweets too :) 


Dave & Chris in Hull

First up is a photo diary of my mentorship with 
Chris Watson along the Humber Estuary (Jan 15 - 19) recording sounds for his specially commissioned surround-sound installation TRENT FALLS TO SPURN POINT for Sound + Environment 2017. We were awesomely assisted throughout the week by Chris' son Alex. 

This field trip was an exciting time to work and record with some of the techniques / equipment Chris uses. The main microphone techniques used on the trips were Mid-Side, Double Mid-Side and the increasingly popular B-format Ambisonics.

Among the creative outcomes were numerous recordings made along the Humber Estuary, one of which (a mixdown of a Humber Bridge recording) was featured in a special episode of Graham Dunning's Fractal Meat on a Spongy Bone, which covered a bunch of my Fellowship recordings and activities during my first overseas trip, as well previously released and unreleased material  =>



Keep your eye out for more posts + twitter updates on my upcoming Fellowship workshops in NSW and creative outcomes, or sign-up for Noyzelab News and get an email update.

Recording clobber =>

Sonosax SX-R4+
Sound Devices 744T
Zoom F8

Soundfield ST450 mkll beta version in a Rycote windshield
Schoeps Double mid-side array 2x CCM4v, 1x CCM 8 in a Cinela Zephyx windshield

Surround/Ambisonics sound info =>

http://www.dpamicrophones.com/mic-university/principles-of-the-ms-stereo-technique
http://www.dpamicrophones.com/mic-university/principles-of-the-double-ms-technique
http://www.dpamicrophones.com/mic-university
http://www.schoeps.de/en/products/categories/menue-surround
http://www.radio.uqam.ca/ambisonic/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambisonics
http://www.ambisonic.net/
https://ambisonic.info/index.html

At Hull University Chris used their Ambisonic Studio facilities which include a Harpex B surround decoder plugin, in the Reaper digital audio environment with some custom Supercollider code. 

A big thanks to Chris, Alex and the Watson family + Rob Mackay and everyone at Hull Uni, Jez riley French, and Amy! Also thanks to Graham Dunning, Create NSW, and Sarah Last at The Wired Lab.

SPURN POINT =>



















TRENT FALLS =>






OXMARDYKE CROSSING =>




HULL UNIVERISTY - AMBISONIC STUDIO =>





ALKBOROUGH FLATS =>














HUMBER BRIDGE =>


















SOUND DEVICES & SCHOEPS CLOBBER =>






GOOLE DOCKS =>










This Regional Arts Fellowship is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.