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Sounds from Stanford Red Barn

September 8, 2009

I did recordings from the soundscape of the Red Barn here on campus. I thought of this spot early on because I used to ride horses there when I was younger, and thought the soundscape might end up representing horses, animals, or even a historic Stanford since the property was once a thoroughbred breeding farm. I also thought it might be a good source of a hi-fi environment since it is a little farther from crowds and other human noises.

Of course it actually ended up being difficult to isolate good quality sound objects–the hum of the barn lighting, air, the birds, crickets, wind, and picking through long tracks of waiting for horses to voice themselves. However, as with all our recording exercises, I was able to reinvent the way I might listen to this soundscape that I was otherwise familiar with. The sounds I chose included horses moving and resting heard both close up outside as well as from the ambient noise of a cool, echo-ey barn with birds flying among the rafters; other sounds from objects associated with a farm scene; and other materials around the grounds.

The sound pack is found here:


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2009 7:20 pm

    Great sounds!!! and well recorded too. It makes a good sample pack in Freesound. It would be nice to have better descriptions, specially for people like me that do not know much about horses. Also you should geotag them.


  2. jaykadis permalink*
    September 10, 2009 7:05 am

    Did you have to bribe the horse to perform for you? I find recording animals a challenging jobs because you can’t give them a script and it’s not always easy to get them to make sounds when you want them, especially if you’re after a specific sound. You got good recordings: the background sounds are well balanced with the focal sound and add rather than detract from the overall sonic picture.

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