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1st Assignment: Recording Bikes

September 8, 2009

The theme for the soundscape that Luke and I recorded was bicycles. I really wanted to do this soundscape because first, bikes have so many interesting sounds with the gears, tires, chain, spokes, etc. Second, bikes are a signature part of the Stanford campus and so highlights the location at which we’re recording.

We had difficulty creating a hi-fi recording environment. We recorded outside, behind Meyer Library so first there was the keynote sound of the outside environment. Also though, we constantly had to wait for people to pass by that were talking, walking dogs, etc. Planes came over at least once a minute, and I think they were testing the bell tower. Despite this, with a little patience, I think we got some pretty good recordings.

Here’s the link to my sounds.




2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2009 7:37 pm

    Well recorded and most of the descriptions are good. In fact it is quite hi-fi.


  2. jaykadis permalink*
    September 10, 2009 7:18 am

    Good job. Bikes are definitely a significant sound source around Stanford. I think the old playing-cards-clothes-pinned to the frame, sticking into the spokes would make a great nostalgic bike sound. We used to make motor sounds like that when I was little. Maybe that’s an old-school thing?

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