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Rick Blything

Sound Editor / Field Recordist

Sounds From Wimbledon

Just back from this year’s Wimbledon Tennis Championships, and buzzing from the excitement of hearing the results of my collaboration with Lou Brown (Foley Artist/Editor).

We were honoured to be chosen for the 2015 Artist in Residency Project which this year sought ‘The Sound Of Wimbledon’. We had three objectives to create:

  • A Soundscape of ‘The Sound Of Wimbledon’ using Foley and Field Recording techniques.
  • ‘One-Shots’ to be used as part of a sound installation in the queue.
  • To conduct a workshop with visually impaired children explaining the art of Foley and Field Recording and to use the recorded sounds within the Soundscape.

During March we enjoyed unlimited access to almost all areas in the Lawn Tennis Club and we recorded sounds from many locations. Inevitably some did not make it to the final production which can be found by following the link below.

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/visitandtickets/community_art_project.html

The Championships are over now but the excitement continues so I thought I’d share a few personal favourites.

Early morning dawn chorus recording on Henman Hill.

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Rigging mics to capture the ambience of Wimbledon awaking

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Ground Staff preparing for the Championships

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Using a contact mic to listen to the different timbres created by using old wooden rackets and new graphite ones.

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The mechanics workshop was a great source of sounds. None of them actually made it into the final Soundscape but I’m sure they’ll be used in future projects.

A massive thank you to Wimbledon’s Learning department who created this opportunity for us and a special thanks to Ben Swann who went the extra mile with all the random requests a foley artist and field record made of him!

For more info on the project here’s a link to Lou’s blog.

Posted on the 20th of July, 2015 by Rick Blything

An Antidote To Indifference – Field Recording Speical

Last week those fantastic people at Caught By The River released their latest edition of An Antidote to Indifference; a Field Recording Special edited By Cheryl Tipp, Curator of wildlife sound recordings at the British Library.

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I am honoured to feature alongside Jez Riely French, La Cosa Preziosa, Des Coulman, JD Lopez, Mark Peter Wirght and others; all enthusiasts who discuss different perspectives on aspects of field recording from recording Bengal Tigers in Northern India to documenting the everyday sounds of Paris.It’s well worth a purchase if only for the wonderful artwork by Rose Firshall. I wish to say a massive thank you to both Cheryl and everyone at Caught by the River for inviting me to contribute in this amazing edition.

Buy your copy here!!!!

Posted on the 16th of July, 2013 by Rick Blything

Sound Recording In Northern India (Pt.3 The Urban Jungle)

Whenever visiting a new town or city I can never resist getting the recorder out and capturing some of the area’s sonic character.

Usually my exploration involves going light with a pocket recorder and pair of small omni mics to be as inconspicuous as possible. Having lugged my M-S rig around the jungle for 7 days it was a nice change to go into stealth mode with a pair of Soundman Omni’s and an Edirol R09.

The previous experience of spending most of our time in the serenely, tranquil natural environment of camp fork tail; an area drench in natural sound and isolated from noise pollution; made a visit to Ramnagar, the nearest town to camp, quite a shock to the senses!

Driving down the main road into the town the first thing you notice is the cacophony of car and motorcycle horns!

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Posted on the 10th of February, 2013 by Rick Blything

Sound Recording In Northern India (Pt.2 Human)

During my time exploring the Corbett National Park both on foot around the trails at camp or in jeep around the reserves we rarely saw another soul which made it perfect for recording the natural environment; there were although a few occasions when we got the chance to record humans in this environment.
Men_Building_Bridge_Ramgana_River_LQOne such occasion was captured in this recording, where you can hear local men repairing a bridge over the Ramganga River. It had been damaged during the previous year’s monsoon.

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Posted on the 27th of January, 2013 by Rick Blything

Sound Recording in Northern India (Pt.1 Nature)

In January 2011 I spent two weeks in the Corbett National Park on a field recording trip with Wildeye and Chris Watson.


Our base for the 10 day mission was Camp Forktail Creek; an incredible jungle retreat located on the edge of the National Park.

The lodge is only reachable via 4×4. So after a 4 or so hours on a bus from Delhi we jumped into jeeps for the last 500 meters of our journey.

 

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Posted on the 4th of October, 2012 by Rick Blything