I was testing the Zoom H4n with a couple of external omni microphones while walking in the backyard. It was quite windy, picking up around 30″ and then the dog coming and sniffing the mics at around 45″.
I am a fan of Tim Prebble’s The Music of Sound, where he deals with field recording and the role of sound in general. Tim is running a field recording competition which requires ‘a cardboard box, a microphone, a recorder and you. Thats it! No processing allowed, submit a single take’.
I decided to go for something a bit creepy given the time of the year: getting close to Día de los Muertos. My setup was fairly simple:
One (empty) box of Weet-Bix apricot bites.
One JrF c-series contact microphone.
One impedance transforming thingy.
Two pieces of masking tape.
One Sound Devices Mixpre-D.
One USB cable to record in a mac air using Audacity.
Two hundred (200) mealworm beetles (Tenebrio sp).
The setup looked like this, except that in the recording the box was leaning while the insects went in:
I was pleased with the final result, although I would have liked a more full boxy sound. I’ll have to train the beetles to behave better in the box.