New Year 2018 Field Recording

https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/new-year-2018 Here is a New Year’s Eve audio recording made in rural Shiga Prefecture, Japan. We can hear temple bells, traffic, trains, and other sounds. At midnight nearby fireworks and a neighbor’s firecracker announce the new year. We can also hear the rumble of fireworks in the distance. On December 31, 2017, I scouted the […]

Yasugawa Riverside Park

Just before noon on January 7, 2017, I made a field recording in a large park along Yasugawa in Shiga Prefecture, Japan (野洲川立入河川公園). The recording was made with a small Sony PCM-M10 digital recorder mounted on a tripod near the lower end of the park. I chose this location in order to reduce traffic and […]

New Year 2017 Temple Bells and Fireworks

https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/new-year-2017 This recording is also on radio aporee ::: maps. On New Year’s Eve I wanted to record temple bells and fireworks along with other rural sounds from a nearby location with little traffic. I thought one of the Yasugawa riverside parks might be far enough away from major roads but still close to home. […]

Taiko Practice

http://soundcloud.com/gpjp/taiko-practice Listen to the recording on SoundCloud (5:48). A taiko group often practices in Moriyama on Saturdays. Sometimes they sound like a professional group, but January 23, 2016, was a practice day for children. This recording is the end of one nonstop session that lasted about 15 minutes. They practice very close to the Shikansen […]

New Year 2015 Temple Bells and Fireworks

https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/new-year-2015-temple-bells-and-fireworks Since there was a light rain this New Year’s Eve, I recorded from my house by placing a stereo microphone in a window facing North toward the nearest Buddhist temple. Nearby houses reflect sounds, so the sense of space may seem distorted in the recording. This was my first time to use a new […]