Bogong High Plain Sound Map
This is my first journal entry, so I thought I'd write about the BHPSM, a Bogong Centre for Sound Culture project that I'm currently working on along with Philip Samartzis, Amy Hanley and Jacob Agius. The map will be a generative website and is being designed by Paul Mylecharane from Public Office. It will comprise of sound recordings of the eco-acoustic characteristics of the Victorian alps to express the effects of climate change, industrialisation and recreational tourism upon this rarefied cold climate ecology. In early July, Philip and Amy (Team 1) were the first to head out in the field and braced the wintery conditions. Then in August, it was time for Jacob and me (Team 2) to pick up where they left off. It was great being out in the field again, roaming around in the snow. I purchased a couple of pairs of snowshoes which made walking on the snow a little easier. In addition to documenting Falls Creek village, Jacob and I went as far as Rocky Valley dam. I got some great recordings of the howling wind skirting across the dam wall. I've been primarily working with Sennheiser's AMBEO microphone and Sound Devises MixPre-6. I can't wait to hear the bounced out recordings. Jacob has been using the trusty Nagra Ares BB+ and an assortment of microphones such as the LOM Priezor EMF and B&K 4006's. The days have been long; besides recording, there is the listening, downloading/backing up and note-taking. After a week in the field, I was exhausted. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to going back up to the mountain again soon to continue the documentation.
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