Ha, thanks Hap, really nice story! It gave me a flash-back of my own childhood!
My interest to record started by a desire to record my mon and my sister
when they were quarreling! I thought they were so stupid, having so bad
arguments, and I thought that if I could only record them, and have them
listen to themselves - they would end it!
I knew of only one person having a recorder, a steel wire, and I walked the
hour it took to ask him to lend it to me. But once I was there, I was too
shy to ask. I couldn't tell anyone about my family. I must have been some 7
or 8 years old.
My nature sound recording started in the end of 1950. But that is another story.
At 21:29 2003-06-08 -0500, you wrote:
>As a young blind boy I was most intrigued with recording the sounds of
nature. In the early 1960s my mom owned an early flexible-disc recording
machine called a Soundscriber. She and my grandmother corresponded with
these 45 RPM-sized discs. I would find one of her blank disks, then place
her machine's boxy mic on the sill of the open bedroom window to pick up
whatever was going on outside. In those days the street and air traffic
nearby were non existent Too bad none of those recordings survived the
>Later in the mid '60's when I was in junior high/early high school, I
created what I called "rain music". Simply put, I grabbed empty tin cans of
all sizes, placing each upside down under an especially active stream of
rain water flowing off the overhang along a sidewalk behind my folks'
southern California home. I learned some years later my "rain music" drove
my folks crazy as their bedroom was oh so close to the action *smile*. The
large fruit cocktail cans generated the lowest notes while the small juice
cans the highest. Some of the cans were placed under constant streams,
resulting in a drum-roll effect that varied in tone as the stream pouring
off the roof would "dance" around the bottom of the overturned can.
Simultaneously a couple feet further down the sidewalk others resounded with
large occasional yet rhythmic notes from slower and more intermittent drips.
Too bad I never recorded any of that stuff. I have given serious thought to
doing so here and now!
>You've now know the story as to how I began my career in recording sh'tuff,
I'd like to hear yours.
>Hap Holly, KC9RP
>Founder/Producer, RAIN Report
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