Jun

27

2021

AWSRG Winter Listening Party

Join us for an AWSRG Winter Listening Party.

Wednesday, July 14th at 7.00pm AEST

This will an opportunity to gather, chat and share recordings. Contribute a recording or two to the evening by sending audio no later than 24hrs beforehand (possibly via WeTransfer.com) to: listeningearth (you know the symbol) gmail (dot) com.

Registration is free but required to access the meeting link

Apr

8

2021

Earth Law – an introduction by Michelle Maloney

As we face a climate changed world and transition away from our destructive reliance of fossil fuels, human societies need to create new ways of working together and nurturing the wider Earth community – the need for new governance systems has never been greater.

Our April online seminar will be an introduction to Earth jurisprudence, an exciting approach that can reshape the way we protect of nature.

April 21st at 7.00pm AEST

Click here to register and receive the meeting link.

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Feb

21

2021

South America – A Nature Sound Journey, with Juan Pablo Culasso

Our March seminar will take us to South America, with nature sound recordist Juan Pablo Culasso.

Juan Pablo Culasso Nature Sound Jounrey to South America - AWSRG

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Jan

30

2021

Pied Butcherbird Song with Hollis Taylor

Our February AWSRG seminar will be a talk by Hollis Taylor on her research into the songs of the Pied Butcherbird.

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Dec

5

2020

AudioWings Digital Archive Published

Over the last 20 or more years, AWSRG members have contributed recordings and articles to our journal, AudioWings.

The journals and accompanying CDs have been published (usually) biannually, and collectively contain a treasure trove of wildlife recordings and research, from this country and further afield.

Previously editions have been mailed out to financial members as they were produced, with limited back issues available. Now, all editions, from No.1 to the latest, No.42, are available online, for listening or digital download. This is the first time they’ve all been available together.

Collating the entire archive has involved members pooling their personal collections (“I’m missing the first six CDs, and who’s got the journal of Vol.8 No.1?”). My thanks to Tony, Jeff and Bob for their assistance in this, and to all past journal and CD editors, Fred, Bill, Sue, Tony and Vicki particularly.

While digitising CDs, entering track details and creating cover artwork, I’ve been aware that these recordings represent the history of the group. Past and departed members and their research interests are presented, often along with their spoken commentary, a poignant reminder for those who remember them personally.

Our AudioWings digital archive is hosted on Bandcamp, click here to view and listen. Each CD edition is available either to stream, or purchase and download, as a complete album or per track. Each download edition includes its corresponding journal in PDF format, plus recordist and equipment information.

We hope that having the complete AudioWings archive publicly available will boost the profile of the AWSRG and its history of participation and research.

Current financial members may download any editions for free. The member’s section of this site contains details of how to access free codes to enable this.

A partial index for the audio archive is also available via the member’s section. We’re currently updating it to a complete index of all recordings.

Sep

1

2020

Ambisonic vs SASS vs Iso-Binaural vs MS – Microphone rig comparison

Soundscape Microphones: SASS, Iso-binaural, MS & AmbisonicThere are a range of approaches to making audiophile, stereo recordings of natural soundscapes. Some of these technologies have been around for many decades, while others are more recently developed.

Last year, Doug Quin and Andrew Skeoch had the opportunity to put four state-of-the-art rigs to a side-by-side test.

Each array uses top-end microphones, deployed in the following configurations:

MS (mid/side): Pair of Sennheiser MKH 30 + MKH 40 in Røde blimp. This has been an industry standard option in film and TV for many years. (DQ)

Ambisonic: Soundfield SP200 Ambisonic, upright in Røde blimp. Ambisonic is a new technology offering multi-channel recording from a single microphone, with the ability to simulate various array patterns when decoded in post. (DQ)

SASS: pair Sennheiser MKH 20s in original Crown SASS head. The SASS has been described as quasi-binaural array. While the original Crown units are no longer available, many sound recordists have made DIY versions. (AS)

Iso-Binaural: Pair Sennheiser MKH 8020s, ~20cm apart, oriented 180º with convex baffles. This is also a quasi-binaural array, capturing a spherical soundfield with a light and versatile rig. It is a custom DIY design – info here. (AS) more »

Aug

6

2020

Capturing Wildlife Sounds: A Useful Guide

Roger Boughton Steven Shepard - Capturing Wildlife Sounds - book coverSome of you will know the ‘Overseas Representative’* on our committee, Roger Boughton. Roger is the co-author of a new book on the art of wildlife sound recording. With decades of hard-won experience, he is a most authoritative and dedicated recordist.

I warmly recommend Roger and Stevens’ book –  it is a privilege to be able to share in their wisdom.

Here’s the publication announcement:


Roger Boughton (Lancashire, UK) and Steven Shepard (Vermont, USA) are pleased to announce the publication of their new book, “Capturing Wildlife Sounds: A Useful Guide.” Written primarily for beginning wildlife sound recordists, the book is a comprehensive primer on the craft of capturing the sounds of the natural world.

“We wanted to produce a book,” says Boughton, “that would provide all the information necessary for a beginning sound recordist to get started, in the same way that a nature photography primer does for a budding nature photographer.” more »

Jun

27

2020

Latest Audiowings Published

Audiowings Journal, June 2020Our latest Audiowings journal has been produced, and may already have landed in your postbox.

If there’s a theme to this edition, I feel it is a concern for the health of the environment. Vicki Powys, Sue Gould and Tony Baylis each contribute articles on species that are deeply threatened; Speckled Warblers, Regent Honeyeaters and the Kroombit Tinker Frog respectively. In each case, vocalisations and behaviours are discussed in fascinating detail.

Sue also contributes a thoughtful summary of our human impact on the natural soundscape. She details a sad story of degradation to both physical and acoustic habitats, and puts our situation in this country in a global context regarding the activism and initiatives that offer positive approaches to issues.

There’s also some great tech tips. Tim Duck talks about the how to’s of live streaming, in light of his experience contributing to International Dawn Chorus Day on May 1st. Tayler Brook from the Macaulay Library introduces the functionality of Cornell Lab’s Merlin bird identification app, and also writes about how to contribute recordings to their nature sound archives. Tony also compares an Audiomoth with Songmeter and Bioacoustic Audio Recorder as part of his passive monitoring project.

As usual, the accompanying CD is packed full of remarkable listening, much of which complements the articles.

Thanks again to AWSRG’s dynamic editorial team; Sue Gould (journal) and Tony Baylis (CD, production), with John Campbell assisting and on this occasion, also penning a fine editorial.

Audio wings is posted out to paid up members, and is a benefit of joining the AWSRG. You can become a member by following the link above.

Jan

2

2020

AWSRG into a new decade

I’d like to be upbeat and wish all our AWSRG friends a happy new year. But I just feel heartbroken at the moment. We have members who I know live in beautiful locations that are now in the path of the flames, and all I can do is hope for their safety.

There are so many wild places I’ve recorded in over the decades – Waratah Flat and Errinundra Plateau, where I first began recording – now gone. Forests near Mallacoota, where I recorded recently, also gone. Those ancient Gondwanan forests, koalas, gliders, sooty owls with their lovely trilling calls…

It feels too vast a tragedy to really comprehend.

I know members will feel similarly. I’d like to suggest that we each consider what the AWSRG can contribute to the social discussion that will evolve out of this catastrophe. Maybe, once the immediate situation subsides, we can arrange an online hookup to share ideas, or just our feelings.

Meanwhile – is this young magpie giving voice to the new Australia, or a requiem for the old?

(If you can’t view this video, try ABC Sydney on Facebook, that’s where it was posted)

Jan

1

2020

Latest Audiowings Journal + CD

Our journal team of Sue Gould (editor), Tony Baylis (CD editor and publishing) and John Campbell (proof reading) have excelled with the latest edition of Audiowings, which was posted out prior to Christmas.

Regular readers will note an unusual cover for this edition. The bird cages suspended above Sydney’s Angel Place are a sound sculpture by Michael Thomas Hill, called ‘Forgotten Sounds’. Several of the cages have weatherproof speakers installed which play calls of birds which would once have inhabited the location, with recordings supplied by our own Fred van Gessel.

Inside the journal, and as Sue notes in her editorial, honeyeaters form a recurrent theme. The vocalisations of noisy miners are examined by Lucy Farrow, Lloyd Nielsen describes the differing calls of two races of north Qld’s graceful honeyeater, and Sue writes on three of PNG’s meledectes honeyeaters. Honeyeaters also feature in the creative contexts of the multimedia performance of ‘Where Song Began’ by Anthony Albrecht and Simone Slattery, inspired by Tim Low‘s book, plus the aformentioned ‘Forgotten Sounds’ installation.

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