Ambient Fields 220817

Short excerpt from today’s pop-up Ambient Field, which was located in a meadow near our home base.
Sounds from this plant captured with a contact microphone and some live processing.

listen to nettles

Preparation for the Ambient Fields performances:
Two contact microphones attached to nettles. What a completely different soundscape compared to what we hear at the same place with our naked ears.

Technical setup

checking the setup in the studio

Checking the technical setup for the Ambient Fields performances:
So, everything is on the table: all cables, microphones, power supply, computers, controllers, networking stuff and stuff for the LiveStream.
The performances will take place in locations where we don’t have access to the power grid. Therefore, we need to set up our hardware completely battery driven, with enough battery power to last several hours of operation – for setup, testing and performance.
Much of the hardware will be powered by the two laptops: the two audio interfaces, phantom power for the microphones and piezo preamps, the midi controllers, the Zoom-F6. But all these connected devices and the software suck the laptop batteries quite empty. In addition, the network router that provides our internal controller network wants 230V voltage. And it’s good to know that the smartphone for the audio live stream can also be recharged if necessary. So we work with additional powerbanks which are charged with solar panels.