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Nighthawks


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VicDiesel

 Genre: New Age

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Should I let this song stand by itself or should I explain?

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Ok. Nighthawks are birds that I regularly see here in town. That is, in the evening you hear their screeches high up in the air and only sometimes can you see their white underside for instance if they fly past lampposts. But yesterday I noticed one landing in a parking lot, soon joined by others. A mother and two young ones? I got to 50ft or so and recorded their sounds on my iphone. Then I took that recording and as best I could filtered out the busy street and other noise. And added some electronic sounds, generated from the bird noises through Logic's audio-to-midi. The remaining hiss is unfortunate but hard to kill. Maybe I should get a dedicated piece of software for it.

And that's it. Capturing nature is a lot of work!
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Uploaded: Sep 01, 2018 - 03:47:34 PM
Last Updated: Sep 01, 2018 - 03:56:38 PM Last Played: Oct 02, 2018 - 10:51:08 AM
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Parichayaka said 75 days ago (September 1st, 2018)
what an interesting bird!
great experiment. never heard that particular bird call before. similar to a swift but lower. and yes, this one definitely needed the backstory:):)
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VicDiesel said 75 days ago (September 1st, 2018)
Call
Actually, this is not at all what they sound like up in the air. This was a unique experience to see them socializing, running (like a roadrunner!), and twittering among each other.
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charlieknight said 73 days ago (September 3rd, 2018)
interesting
quite a few species of birds seem to hold meetings. good effort - enjoyed thank you.
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Warren Smith said 72 days ago (September 4th, 2018)
Stay or go?
A whole lot of twittering going on!

It's a good thing you explained it because I assumed it was going to be music to accompany an Ed Hopper artwork.

When you think that you used an iPhone to make the recording - that's really pretty remarkable. (I do this all of the time to try to capture ambient sounds of the city and nature.) I understand more sophisticated equipment would add clarity, but to whip out the phone as a recording device because you happened across something of interest and be able to catch it - that's incredible. The hiss is not an issue for me. In fact, maybe some of the other sounds you eliminated should've been part of the moment? Well, that's an artist's prerogative - deciding what stays and what has to go.
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VicDiesel said 72 days ago (September 4th, 2018)
iPhone
It's really cool what you can do with that little pocket computer. I have another track where I recorded the ambient noise of Guadeloupe State Park.

Eliminating sound: the birds are around 4k and I have a 48db/octave filter at 3.5k or so. I really wasn't interested in the cars in the street. I know they are part of daily life too, but I'm happy to tailor life to my tastes.
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DWL said 68 days ago (September 8th, 2018)
Something very different
A lot of the high freq stuff passes me by as my hearing is shot above 7khz but the birds are coming through!

An interesting experiment.


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Philip18 said 67 days ago (September 9th, 2018)
Nighthawks
Fascinating. And soothing.
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DonStevens said 65 days ago (September 11th, 2018)
Nighthawks
Interesting recording and added effect. I don't think I've ever seen a Nighthawk. Most of what I see and hear around Austin are the abundant Grackles.
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VicDiesel said 64 days ago (September 12th, 2018)
Nighthawks
It's rare to see them, but if you walk in the dark you often hear them screeching. Try parking lots and car dealership; I think they are attracted to the bugs that are attracted by the lights.
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SmokeyVW said 64 days ago (September 12th, 2018)
very nice
i love works like this -- thanks
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Henke said 57 days ago (September 19th, 2018)
Nice
Had to google the title to see what they looked like, and on the first page of images there was one bird and the rest variations on the Hopper picture :-/ Well, it's a famous one, so at least I know the name of it now!

Anyway, well done with those sounds, it's pretty difficult to sort out a sound from a busy street without messing with the part you want to keep, so...

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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Name: Victor
Location: Austin TX
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In past lives, VicDiesel was a country fiddler, a shawm player at the Burgundy court, bellows pumper for JS Bach, Geoff Emerick's factotum, and a beggar playing drums in the streets of Calcutta for alms. Unusually, the memories of all that co... [see more]

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