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).

Shallow river with reed beds on both sides. Mountains dark clouds in the background
Yasugawa and Mikamiyama from Shinjo Ohashi (新庄大橋) on July 5, 2014

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.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University (1977-2020). Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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