Skua Attack at Cape Royds

January 1st, 2008 andrea

cape royds
There are several skua nests around the penguin colonies at Cape Royds. This is what happens when you get a little too close (you can hear 2 skuas in this 30 second recording, the one that starts making noise sounds to me like a person pretending to be a skua, but I assure you it is the actual sound of one):

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Chili Judges to the Galley!

December 31st, 2007 andrea

icestock
Icestock is the annual music festival at McMurdo, when the whole town comes out to listen to live music and eat chili, no matter what the conditions. This year, despite a bit of snow and cold temperatures, there was quite a crowd. Much fun was to be had, but the quality of the chili was no laughing matter, as evidenced by this short clip:

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More Sound Walkabout

December 31st, 2007 andrea

sound walkabout
As the date of Sonic Antarctica gets closer, we’re feverishly editing recordings from the Sound Walkabout a couple of days ago. In this series of excerpts from a sound recording by Anne Dalvera, you can hear her describing the setting around town as she walks and briefly talking about the soundscape with Patricia Jackson:

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Sound Walkabout

December 27th, 2007 andrea

sound walkabout jason and john
Tonight in preparation for the Sonic Antarctica Concert on January 7th, Tia and I hosted a phonography workshop/soundwalk around McMurdo. We brought a variety of microphones and recording devices for people to experiment with and visited a wide range of sound environments, from the waste-water treatment plant to radarsat (aka the golf-ball – thanks to Nik Sinkola for opening it up for us!)

It seems to me that McMurdo residents have a high sensitivity to sound, in part I think because listening (radio communications, heavy machinery and vehicles, helicopters, etc.) is such an important part of living down here. You can see more photos of the walkabout by clicking on the thumbnail in this post.

This is a recording by Dr. John Mitchell from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics. An accomplished photographer, Dr. Mitchell is trying out the mp3 recorder and binaural microphone for the first time, you can hear the two of us talking briefly at the end of the recording:

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Screamin’ Mad Balloon

December 26th, 2007 andrea

ldb with atic payload
Filling up the balloon was loud. Painfully, mind-numbingly, and gloriously, worth-staying-up-all-night-loud. And, despite my default all-access pass, I still got a little too up close and personal. In this recording of the beginning of the inflation, you can hear me walking right up to the balloon and (sigh), being asked to step back.
Luckily, it got a lot louder. Here’s a short sample. The recording is binaural and has some nice spatialized effects. Unfortunately, I don’t think that even binaurals can effectively reproduce the massive height of the sound when it is experienced in person.

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