This past October my wife and I were in West Virginia (specifically in
Cass, WV) so that I could record the Shay steam locomotive at the Cass
Scenic RR State Park. I was pleasantly surprise to discover that the
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which is very close by, has
restrictions about using cell and satellite phones and it appears on
airplanes too (although someone else might be able to confirm that).
As a result, I was able to find field recording locations that were
void of man-made sounds; that is, until the trains arrived, but that's
why I was there.
My point is that it might be worth your time to research the locations in
and around all of the National Radio Astronomy Observatories to see if
you can find what you're looking for. Here's their URL:
--- In "therebesandinmypants"
> hello again all
> i'm on a project now and i need to record some quiet ambience
> tracks [fields, forests, etc]. problem is, i'm in nyc which is one of
> the loudest places i've ever lived.
> i've rented cars and gone upstate, gone to jersey, and headed south
> but i cannot seem to escape the ever-present drone of distant traffic.
> are there any places in this north east region that someone can
> recommend? anyplace within, say, within 8 hours of nyc?
> is there a google map or google earth project that shows quiet areas?
> if not, does anyone know how to make one?
> as a general rule, how far should one be from a highway to avoid
> traffic? 1 mile? 2?