NATO Protest Chants 2012

Hate it or love it, NATO is here in Chicago. While the summit doesn’t start until tomorrow, the expected protests are in full effect. This morning I found out about a march toward Rahm Emanuel’s home in the Ravenswood neighborhood. When I saw the newscast I saw what seemed to be 100-150 people gathered in a park. By the time I arrived, I was surprised to see approximately 500-600 protesters marching toward the Mayor’s home. Continue reading

Wandering Man

Ran across this in an ambience track while entering metadata into my sound library. Recorded in the Chicago Union Station Great Hall. It’s hard to tell exactly what he’s saying, but for some reason I just love the sound of the voice.

Happy New Year!

It isn’t new years eve at my parents’ house with out fireworks. This year was no exception, but this time I was right there to record the moment. We only got a couple lit off before we decided to call it quits. Local law enforcement doesn’t seem to enjoy fireworks as much as we do. The first was disappointingly quiet. I adjusted the recording level accordingly for the next. Let’s just say It was louder than I expected it to be.

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A Machinist’s Workshop

My girlfriend’s father is a great machinist. In his home shop, he works on his own air pistol prototypes. He uses all kinds of big fancy machines for this. Now, I have no clue how to operate them or how they work, but I do know they make a lot of noise. Noise is kind of my thing, so I don’t think I could ever forgive myself if I didn’t record them before I went back to Chicago. Luckily, he was more than happy to help me out. Continue reading

Project Portal: Update 1

This saturday I did some sound collecting for my Portal audio mod. I recorded just about everything in my apartment that makes noise, but I seemed to gravitate toward anything electric. Things like videogame consoles, lights, speakers, hard drives, space heaters… Anything that hummed or buzzed was music to my ears. This certainly won’t be my only day of sound collecting, but it’s a good start. I can’t wait to play around with these to see what I can create!

Here’s one of my favorite sounds I captured. Continue reading