listen to africa

an audio adventure through africa

Posts tagged ‘sound recording’

Geotag Icon About the sound recordings part II: natural soundscapes (biophonies)

Blog posted by on Nov 13th, 2009

In part II of this series, we look at natural soundscapes created by living creatures, and why we’re keen to record more and more of them.

Geotag Icon Choosing sound recording equipment for the expedition – six months on

Blog posted by on Sep 21st, 2009

After six months on the road, our audio equipment is holding up well. Huw looks at how the kit has performed so far, and why we’ve made some recent additions to our equipment.

Geotag Icon About the sound recordings part I: wildlife sounds

Blog posted by on Jun 2nd, 2009

Huw recording wildlife sounds. © Listen to Africa

As you may have already seen, this expedition has several focuses, and we’ll be using sound recordings to document a wide range of issues that interest us. In this blog, I’ll explain a bit about the wildlife recordings.

If you watched the film we posted yesterday, “A Time Comes”, you’ll have noticed that I was wearing one of my other hats (a climbing one rather than a cycling one…). Like many people, my interests and passions span several areas but there’s a common theme running through them. That is, a deep love of the natural world and a belief that, as one of my childhood heroes put it: “People protect what they love” (Jacques Cousteau).

Geotag Icon Choosing sound recording equipment for the expedition

Blog posted by on Feb 19th, 2009

The Listen to Africa expedition sound equipment. © Listen to Africa

Update: For the latest on the audio equipment, including a six month review on how the kit has performed and why we’ve made some recent additions, please read the six month update.

I’d like to welcome you to the first in a series of audio equipment blogs. This is also a first for me, having never written a blog before. I usually plod away in the background in my own little technical world and leave others to communicate with the wider world, so please forgive me if I’m not conforming to the norms – I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it in time!

Because our expedition will pass through a myriad of environments – from the extreme heat and dust of the Sahara to the hot, humid tropical rainforests of Central Africa (not forgetting Europe in winter) – equipment choice hasn’t been easy. Everything is inevitably a compromise between quality and robustness. Travelling unsupported by bicycle, weight and bulk are also important factors. And, because we will often have no access to mains electricity, sometimes for extended periods, low power consumption is crucial.

Geotag Icon Listen to Africa: a welcome

Blog posted by on Feb 12th, 2009

I’ve been procrastinating for days over writing this introduction; explaining what we’re doing means also having to explain why we’re doing it, which I find strangely tricky.

The ‘what’ is easy: Listen to Africa is a cycling expedition from the UK to southern Africa, leaving on March 5th 2009 and ending up in Namibia around 18 months later.