Field Recording (video documentation) S. Xinjiang:


The clips on the above pages are from the simple video documentation of a few music recording sessions done ‘in the field’ in South Xinjiang. The video quality is on the relative lousy side and the clips are short, but that wasn’t the focus at the time and unfortunately, that’s all the “man with the cam” gave me when all was said and done. They do provide a reasonable bit of interesting visual context however, so I share them here.

In many of these you can see I’m sitting motionless, up close and personal amid the musicians, half of me relishing the musical moment and the reason I’m there, the other half a strict technician. The objects on my head are not headphones, but in fact a pair of custom DSM headworn microphones. Getting up that close is the best way to achieve optimal stereo separation between sounds, etc… I would bias myself towards some and away from other instruments & voices to essentially “mix” with the placement of my head. I’ll be posting audio clips of some of these recordings here very soon.

On a few occasions, the clips here were recorded with my little old digital still camera, and were unfortunately silent. So for the sake of sharing and context, I’ve added some of the sound that I’d recorded during that specific session, but not necessarily at that moment. If you notice that the image and sound don’t completely match up on a couple of clips, that’s why.

* most of the clips on the pages above were shot by Ablikim and a few by my multi tasking associate, Miradel.

You can of course listen to hours worth of these sounds & music HERE.