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RE: Doug rocks at NSS

Subject: RE: Doug rocks at NSS
From: "Martyn Stewart" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 20:54:57 -0700
Dam it Dan, I was going to get in before you (I had hoped) The weekend
was a great experience and meeting all was a treat, it's always nice to
put a face to the e-mails. Doug, your a smashing Bloke mate, you came
across very straight forward and was indeed very knowledgeable. Thanks
for the time spent recording in the field. I totally believe in what you
say about communication amongst birds and found your talk totally
interesting, but make sure next time you get a better pointing device
for the computer! 
All the other speakers were very knowledgeable and it was all compelling
stuff. I have hardly been able to wipe the bloody sleep out of my eye
since I've been back and took a back seat for a while. What a great
place to go out and record in Yuba Pass! I picked up about 6 new species
for my files including a very curious Black-Chinned Hummingbird that
literally stepped up to the mic to sing to me, I was praying he couldn't
see my red eyes and attack them thinking I was a bloody flower!
I would recommend at least going to this annual meeting of the
Naturesound society once in your life if not just to meet some really
nice people. But 8 hours sleep in two bloody days is a killer!!
The split session was interesting and the conversation that started from
a comment that Doug made, was intriguing, it was good to put a spark in
the fire, I believe and so did a number of others, that you should
basically know what subject you are recording or about to record, that's
all. I found it a bit strange that as nature recordists, a lot of people
didn't know birds and their calls, simple but true, like I say, you
wouldn't record Frank Sinatra without knowing his name would you?
I think we all benefited from the discussion, there was no real dynamite
to throw at each other, a bit like handbags at dawn :)
Thanks to Doug, Dan, Curt (Batman) Rudy, Bill Young, the Bloke with the
White hair? (Grand Canyon) and uncle tom cobly and all.
Great stuff.
I'll post my bits later after I have fully recovered :)
-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Dugan  
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 6:35 PM
To: Nature Recordists
Subject: [Nature Recordists] Doug rocks at NSS

Our esteemed moderator Doug Von Gausig gave an impressive talk at the 
Nature Sounds Society's annual Field Recording Workshop Friday night. 
He was engaging and enlightening with an illustrated talk on the 
nature of bird communication. It was a great pleasure to meet him in 
person, and also our correspondent Martyn.

In the split sessions on Saturday I was teaching about microphone 
directivity, so I missed the hoo-ha that reportedly occured at Mele 
Wheaton's "scouting and listening" class. Apparently something Doug 
said sparked a heated discussion, but I'll let those who were there 
report in detail.


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