Field recordist David Kamp received rare access to a sewage plant, a gas control station, and a waterworks area. The result is a mix of roughly two hours of pipe hisses, water drips, liquid flowing, and more. Each clip is over two minutes long.
Interestingly, Kamp included perspectives from well-regarded Barcus Berry 4000 microphones, in additional to other microphone perspectives. You can hear a sample in the SoundCloud preview:
Interview with David Kamp of ShapingWaves
I was intrigued by the the new collection, so I asked David Kamp if he would be in interested in an interview about the new collection. He generously agreed.
Sound Effects Search: Can you tell me a bit about why you created this library?
David Kamp: I thought it would be an interesting set of sounds to have and which was missing from personal sound library.
It’s also something thats not easy to get without access to those facilities, so when the opportunity came, i took it.
SES: It’s quite rare to access such a location. Can you share with readers what’s special about the location, and how you were able to get complete access to the area?
DK: I was involved in a project for a “light” (projection) festival initiated by a German city, where I created sound for a video art piece that was projected on a huge building during the festival.
The video portion of this project was to be partially inspired by the public municipalities of the city so the deal included guided access to the three different facilitates, which allowed me to do my recordings at the gas control station, the waterworks and the sewage plant.
SES: Can you share a bit about how you used your various microphones to capture the perspectives?
DK: I used the ORTF setup with 2 MKH 8040s for ambiences and medium distance sound effect recordings. Some more ambience recordings were also made with an A/B setup of Neumann TLM 103’s.
Especially interesting were the very close recordings made by attaching 2 Barcus Berry 4000’s with Barcus Berry preamps to the various water and gas pipes. Those created very interesting drones, metallic whistling, and resonating pipes, while the water or gas was rushing through the pipes.
Some are resonating heavily sometimes with lots of sub bass content, the smaller gas pipes gave more of a typical gas hissing sound. Some of the bigger water pipes were not filled completely so its possible to hear smaller drops and other details of water interacting with the interior of the pipes.
Thank you to David Kamp of ShapingWaves for sharing news about his field recordings.
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