Work in progress: Recording the sounds of nature

Today we bring you another work in progress about recording the sounds of nature. This time our sound designer Antton "Saucco" Koukkari, went out in the Finnish countryside to record ambient sounds. This is what he wrote.

It's a rare occurrence to have such nice weather in Finland at this time of the year. The moment was perfect for me and my eveready assistant Aatu a.k.a. Adolf to hit the tarmac and head out to our summer lodge to capture the sounds of nature during the weekend.

To capture sounds I used a ORTF, which the perfect microphone technique for realistic ambiance recording. It was devised around 1960 at the Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (ORTF) at Radio France.

For those more interested in sound recording. ORTF is a technique which combines both the volume difference provided as sound arrives on- and off-axis at two cardioid microphones spread at an angle of 110°, as well as the timing difference as sound arrives at different times between the two microphones spaced 17 cm apart from each other.

Below you can see pictures of the microphone setup and most importantly Aatu, and maybe even a little sound bite.

 -Parson Russell Terrier Aatu.

-Parson Russell Terrier Aatu.

 -Shooting birds... in stereo.

-Shooting birds... in stereo.

 -Recording sounds of Saramo river.

-Recording sounds of Saramo river.

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 -Loud and beatiful.

-Loud and beatiful.

-Lots of kayakers come here to try their luck against the raging rapids.
(Video, courtesy of http://saramo2014sm.blogspot.com)

Last but not least the promised recording from Aatu and mine's escapade.