Memories from our time in the Netherlands. We miss it!
The Memories – Richard Broom Photography
Join me in the toilet from Hell. It’s what happens when the haemorrhoids fight back.
Join me as we take a Warp Factor 6 train ride (fun with sound effects in Adobe Audition). Rest assured, however, no British train will ever go that fast – not with Boris Johnson driving. Thinks…..didn’t we invent trains?
Join me along side the high-speed railway track in the Netherlands as an express train whooshes by us at tremendous speed…
Or you could go and see the Roman Baths (see video below)
10 years on and I still listen to this all the time..
Please join me at the vibrant Amsterdam Central Station. Listen to the announcements and people and trains coming and going.
Join me for a cup of tea or just listen to a good old sound effect – a kettle boiling in our kitchen earlier this morning.
Join us as we listen to a group of crows squabbling over something…
Join us in our back garden where, because we live on the coast, we have seagulls swirling about over our heads all day. After a while, you stop noticing their shrieking (about a minute into the recording, the seagulls really shout out loud!). You can hear the tiny birds tweeting away. They sit in a tree in the garden waiting to be fed…always hungry.
Join us as we walk along a muddy track in Scotland…
The Walk Along the Muddy Track (in Scotland)
Join me and listen to the sound of a babbling brook near to Duff House, Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The sound was recording using a parabolic mic system manufactured by the Parabolic Microphone Company.
This was my first attempt at recording using the ‘para-mic.’ The gentle sounds of a small stream running through the woods.
More sounds to come!
A new microphone system!
I have purchased a parabolic microphone from the Parabolic Microphone Company.
Today was the first day I ventured out into the woods with the ‘para-mic’ to test it out – results below.
Briefly, the parabolic microphone is a directional mic. Basically, point it at a sound source and press the record button (listen to the babbling brook recording above).
On this first try out down in the woods close to Duff House, I forgot to put the ‘wind condom’ on the dish (second image below) and so I picked up quite a bit of wind noise. Moreover, there was a gentle but steady wind through the trees in the wood and that gave me a small amount of background noise which I’ve managed to reduce in post-processing using Adobe Audition.
The first recordings will be coming up shortly. Please stay tuned.
Join me in the departure lounge of Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. Wonderfully helpful staff (unlike Luton Airport!!! – follow this link). Here’s a multi-media extravaganza for you…
Join me as we listen to an aid worker in Sierra Leone talking about that most dreadful disease, Ebola, and the terrible effects it had on just one village in Sierra Leone.
Join me and enjoy the sounds of the departure lounge at the airport I dislike above all others – Luton Airport! I would go a long way to avoid either arriving at or departing from Luton Airport. Dirty, unhelpful staff, overcrowded…the list goes on. My one word of advice when it comes to Luton Airport – AVOID! When you see the road sign, just keeping going!
Join me for a New Year’s firework display in the Netherlands a few years ago.
Let’s hope the ordinary decent people of Russia can put a stop to Putin’s evil intentions. Putin is deranged. His own people need to topple him. Putin is a war criminal and must be stopped.
Our British politicians are not doing nearly enough to support the people of Ukraine. Our mendacious Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and his greedy supporters need to think about preventing suffering in Ukraine rather than thinking about themselves (as they always do).
The people of Ukraine deserve better.
Join me on a London underground train journey on the Circle Line between Bayswater and Nottinghill Gate (where you might find Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts!).
Join me on a train travelling across the Netherlands with a group of very chatty ladies.
Join me on the platform of Amsterdam Central railway station. Listen to a train pulling in and then the announcer talking over the public address system.
The Sounds of Amsterdam Central Train Station
Join me in this noisy and busy cafe in Central Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Join me aboard the 315 bus that leaves Amsterdam Central Staton and travels out to Monnickendam and beyond.
As ever in the Netherlands, the bus is spotlessly clean…
Join me as we sit in a delightful and vibrant restaurant and coffee house in Amsterdam.
Careful! The music starts suddenly.
Join me and listen to one of the organs that are often found on the streets of the Netherlands.
Why not join me on the platform of a London Underground (the Tube) station. There’s an PA announcement at around 1 minute and 5 seconds.
Why not join me for a tram ride between Amsterdam Central Staton and Dam Square? The announcer comes on at around 2 minutes 40 seconds…
What happens when a rare callsign pops up on the Morse (CW) part of the Amateur Radio
bands. The chaos starts around 17 seconds in!
More sound files and sound effects to follow.