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  • I found a communications cabinent making an ambient drone noiise

    Last week I was walking around outside and passed an AT&T communications cabinet and noticed ever so faintly that it was making this beautifully harmonic ambient noise. I am guess it is from the A/C inside passing through some of the vents. I tried recording a snippet with my iPhone.

    If this direct link doesn't work you can listen to an embedded version on my blog.
    https://phaven-prod.s3.amazonaws.com...om_Cabinet.m4a

    http://blog.matthewsupert.me/ambient-telecom-cabinet

  • #2
    wow, that thing composes better than some of my stuff!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by aoVI View Post
      wow, that thing composes better than some of my stuff!
      Ha, I was thinking the same thing

      What a great find. I like the layer of insect sounds with it too.

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      • #4
        Yeah, great find. That's the kind of creative flare I like, drawing found sounds from the environment.
        You should add your experience to this thread:
        http://www.ambientonline.org/forum/s...ent-music-when
        https://thegreatschizm.bandcamp.com

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        • #5
          Oh, that's lovely. I can see great potential for it in Iris. Did you use the iPhone mic or do you have a portable mic for the dock contact?
          www.soundcloud.com/imifal | www.imifal.blogspot.se | www.imifal.bandcamp.com

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          • #6
            This is wicked. I love the randomness of some sounds. I was in a cafe toilet recently and the air con made a marvellous sound, very cyclic. I carry my dictaphone around a lot so I grab these sounds but am not always sure what to do with them. I recorded my garden gate today too. The filing cabinet (above) is brilliant, much like the telephone wires from the 1960's posted in another thread recently. :D

            Found sounds.
            It's all an illusion.

            https://soundcloud.com/skyhighdiamonds

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            • #7
              If you have any of those wind turbines close to you, try to get a contact mike onto it.

              Some more useful info for the "DIY-minded" amongst you here:-

              https://experimentalnetwork.wordpres...t-microphones/
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              • #8
                There is a guy down here working with the wind turbines in an edm genre. We have lots of turbines about and he has set up his caravan/ trailer/ studio right next to one for recording purposes. There's a you tube vid somewhere. They do project a captivating sound and it's that cyclic rhythm of the rotary blades. I must go back to the cafe toilet and re record the broken fan cos that was awesome. I really enjoy found sounds and have quite a few embedded in my tracks. I don't like to rely on downloads.
                It's all an illusion.

                https://soundcloud.com/skyhighdiamonds

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sky High Diamonds View Post
                  I don't like to rely on downloads.
                  Oh absolutely, all seems a bit second hand and lazy using someone elses sounds unless there's a context to it (like the one sample dare challenge).
                  Latest release: never to be repeated

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                  • #10
                    I'm lucky enough to live near the sea (yay!) so I record my own gull sounds and sea sounds. There's also some interesting industrial sounds at the local docks and harbours. The only sound I have really struggled with (and I got some great advice on the forum here) is capturing the wind sounds, downloads really seem to be the most accurate way of representing a howling wind, but I am keen to try screens and bottles with water, as suggested.

                    There is something very unique about found sounds. My sons music teacher demonstrated a whole track made from a broken car wind screen wiper blade. Really captures the imagination.
                    It's all an illusion.

                    https://soundcloud.com/skyhighdiamonds

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                    • #11
                      I've been building a relatively small cnc router to engrave and cut out front panels for a modular synth I'm putting together. During a test engraving I was making, the three stepper motors were making some wonderful sounds...I'm actually toying with the idea of writing a piece using them...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Delta T View Post
                        I've been building a relatively small cnc router to engrave and cut out front panels for a modular synth I'm putting together. During a test engraving I was making, the three stepper motors were making some wonderful sounds...I'm actually toying with the idea of writing a piece using them...
                        Do it. It may or may not work out, but you will never know unless you try it out. My guess is that you will be able to do something very interesting with it.

                        My favourite places to record are in empty churches. Of course they are not empty or silent, anything but. I haven't quite worked out what I'm going to do with them yet within my music/tracks.
                        It's all an illusion.

                        https://soundcloud.com/skyhighdiamonds

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Delta T View Post
                          I've been building a relatively small cnc router to engrave and cut out front panels for a modular synth I'm putting together. During a test engraving I was making, the three stepper motors were making some wonderful sounds...I'm actually toying with the idea of writing a piece using them...
                          Motors and relays etc can sound magical, I can't explain it just such a minimal sound yet so... interesting. At school we had BBC computers (that dates me...) and you could control a connected tape deck with an internal relay. Simply switching it on and off with different delays, rhythms etc was great fun, annoyed the hell out of the computer science teacher though. ;)
                          Latest release: never to be repeated

                          Hearthis | Soundcloud

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GaryG View Post
                            . Simply switching it on and off with different delays, rhythms etc was great fun, annoyed the hell out of the computer science teacher though. ;)
                            Hours of fun and endless possibilities. I miss those days of simple technology and fascination for the simple things!
                            It's all an illusion.

                            https://soundcloud.com/skyhighdiamonds

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Delta T View Post
                              I've been building a relatively small cnc router to engrave and cut out front panels for a modular synth I'm putting together. During a test engraving I was making, the three stepper motors were making some wonderful sounds...I'm actually toying with the idea of writing a piece using them...
                              That'd be very cool. Sort of a nice 21st century version of old-school printer music. I wonder what a CNC engraving a musical score would sound like...


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