Last year I bought an Audio-Technica BP2045 microphone for stereo soundscape recording. Last week I finally added a good windscreen, a Rycote Baby Ball Gag Windshield with a Windjammer, and a good shockmount and extension handle with a foam grip.
On Saturday, July 5, 2014, I rode to Shinjocho in Moriyama, about 7km from my home. Just upstream from Shinjo Ohashi (新庄大橋), where Shiga Route 48 crosses Yasugawa, the river is bordered by reeds. A patch had been cleared to launch rafts for the Yasugawa Adventure Tournament on June 29th, so I had easy access to the river and the reeds (map).
Heavy clouds were approaching quickly, but I was able to make a short audio recording with the microphone held chest-high in the reeds. We can hear wind, birds, trucks on the nearby bridge, kids playing in a nearby playground (笠原運動公園), and, as usual, airplanes flying overhead. It’s noisy, but I think it accurately documents the sonic environment here, and I’m happy to know that I can record the wind blowing through something other than the microphone.