While disposing of some garden waste in Christchurch’s EcoDrop—which processes recycling,
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.
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