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Around 4,000 people turned up to Austurvöllur square in front of the parliament 24th of February to protest the decision by the ruling Progressive and Independence Parties to put forward a resolution to withdraw from European Union talks.
Earlier this day police fenced off the parliament building with aluminum riot fence. It was great because in the bank crises five years ago people brought all kinds of “kitchen tools” to make noise during the protests. This time police brought the instrument, and the protesters played and kicked the fence. (More info)

Mótmælin í febrúar 2014

Fólk fjölmennti á Austurvöll framan við Alþingishúsið þann 24. febrúar sl. til að mótmæla slitum á aðildarviðræðum við ESB. Í raun átti að ganga svo frá hnútum að það væri allt eins ógjörningur að fara í slíkar viðræður í framtíðinni.
Fyrsti dagur þessara mótmæla var 24. febrúar og héldu þau svo áfram fram eftir vikunni eða þar til að stjórnarliðar sáu að sér og ákváðu að afgreiða málið með einhverjum öðrum hætti.
Meðfylgjandi upptaka var tekin upp á fyrsta degi mótmæla norðan við dómkirkjuna rétt fyrir kl. 16. Lögreglan hafði girt af Alþingishúsið með álgirðingu sem nýttist dásamlega vel til að koma óánægju almennings til skila inn í sali Alþingis.


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Recorder: Sound devices 744
Mics: Sennheiser 8040 (ORTF setup)
Pix: Nokia N82

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I was born in Germany while my father was studying and working there between 1954 to 1966.  My older sister was also born in Germany.
Probably in December 1964 my father recorded me and my sister singing the traditional song “O Tannenbaum”.
My mother’s voice is there also while she helps us through the text.
Later one I sing a short solo in my “southern German” I have completely lost today.
The text was composed by Ernst Anschütz, 1824

Jólin 1964

Hér er á ferðinni upptaka sem fannst eftir að faðir minn dó. Er þetta upptaka frá Þýskalandi þar sem fjölskyldan bjó meira og minna árin 1954-1966. Um tíma fékk faðir minn að láni upptökutæki sem hann notaði til að senda fréttir heim til Íslands. Það má því segja að hér sé Skype fortíðar á ferðinni en þá var óskaplega dýrt að hringja á milli landa. Það var því oftar en ekki gripið til þess ráðs að senda hljóðupptökur í pósti á milli landa. Mikið af þessum upptökum hafa glatast en hér er smá bútur líklega frá því í desember 1964 fremur en 1965.
Textinn við þetta lag var saminn af Ernst Anschütz, 1824. Lagið er gamalt þjóðlag.

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur
zur Sommerzeit,
Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Blätter!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
Wie oft hat nicht zur Weihnachtszeit
Ein Baum von dir mich hoch erfreut!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Dein Kleid will mich
was lehren:
Die Hoffnung und Beständigkeit
Gibt Trost und Kraft
zu jeder Zeit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Das soll dein Kleid
mich lehren.


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Recorder: unknown open reel deck.
Transferred from Revox B77 MkII to Sound devices 744
Mic. Unkown
Pics: Syster and brother (Bergþóra & Magnús, picture taken at Christmas 1964)

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Reykjavík Culture Night was held for the nineteenth time on 23rd of August 2014. As usual it normally ends with a big concert and a fireworks in Reykjavík downtown.
This year the weather was wet but warm.
I was soaked when the fireworks started, and I was probably not in the best place to record fireworks. But it was as interesting to listen to the joyful crowd during the show.
In just 9 minutes they blew up three tons of fireworks from several places around the concert stage.  More information about this dance project and Reykjavik culture nights.

Eldar, dansverk fyrir þrjú tonn af flugeldum

Upptaka frá flugedasýningu menningarnætur 24. ágúst 2013 í blautu en hlýju veðri. Því miður má heyra það á upptökunni að vindhlífin var, þegar þarna kom við sögu, orðin  gegnblaut. En engu að síður, stemmningi skilar sér bærilega.


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Recorder. Sound Devices 744
Mics: Sennheiser MKH8040 (ORTF)
Pix: Nokia N82. (see video of this fireworks)

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Last spring was cold and windy and 26th of May was no exception when I cycle downtown Reykjavik with my recording gear. It was a accordion day and members of the Accordion club of Reykjavik was playing in the city hall. When I arrive it was overcrowded and the sound quality was poor from the amplified monitors. So I decided to stay outside and listen instead to the birds on the pound, close to the hall.
This recording contain my walk beside the pond, from the southeast side (as seen on the picture) trough the city hall to the northwest side, into very different atmosphere.

Gengið í gegn um ráðhús Reykjavíkur

Þann 26 maí gerði ég mér ferð í ráðhúsið í norðankalda til að hlusta á Harmonikkufélag Reykjavíkur spila á hinum árvissa harmonikkudegi. Það átti ekki að koma á óvart að hljómburðurinn í Ráðhúsinu var handónýtur svo ég staldraði stutt við. Í staðinn fór ég að fylgjast með fuglum á tjörninni og hljóðrita það sem fyrir augu og eyru bar.


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Recorder: Sound devices 744t
Mics: Sennheiser MKH8040 (ORTF setup) in Rycote Windshield
Pics: Canon EOS M

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At 13th of May I cycled to the shore, west side of Reykjavik to make some microphones setup test in quiet environment. It was sunny and calm, but cold as it has been all this year’s spring.
This coastline is mostly unspoiled from humans works so there is miscellaneous birdlife. Along is a very popular walking and cycle path. Some places can be very quiet like the beach south of Skildinganes where I have recorded many times nature sounds…as far as it goes.
As usual where nature are close to humans automotive world there is a deep rumbling noise, a terrifying noise from burning fossil fuel. It does not only disturb my ears or recordings, it is a very clear warning about our stupid lifestyle that will sooner or later destroy our planet within a century.

Drunurnar frá Mordor

Upptaka af notalegri vorstemmningu í Grófinni sunnan við Skeljanes.
En í bakgrunni heyrast drunur frá vítisvélum borgarbúa sem fyrr en síðar munu breyta þessum ljúfu vorhljóðum í fjörunni.


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Recorder: Sound devices 788
Mics: Sennheiser MKH8040 (ORTF setup)
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Every 1st of May is a Labour day parade in Reykjavik, where people walk together to the city center, listening to speeches and music.
For one year ago I walked this parade and listening to the day’s program with binaural microphones. Following recording contains the end of the day’s program and suddenly song and speech income of Iceland’s well known socialist Þorvaldur Þorvaldsson.
Another recording from the parade this day can be found at Audioboo

Verkaliðsdagurinn 1. maí 2012

Verkaliðsdaginn 1. maí, nákvæmlega fyrir ári síðan, mætti ég niður í bæ með Binaural hljóðnema. Ég bjóst ekki við neinu spennandi en lét upptökutækið þó ganga allan tíman. Þegar opinberum ræðuhöldum á Hallærisplaninu lauk tók við söngur Karlakór Reykjavíkur og Léttsveitarinnar. Þar á eftir tók við samsöngur á Internationalinum.
En óvænt í lokin þegar öllu átti að vera lokið kom Þorvaldur Þorvaldsson (Þorvaldur kommi) inn með hressilegan söng og hélt beztu ræðu dagsins.
Önnur upptaka, frá gönguni sjálfri þennan dag er að finna á Audioboo.


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Recorder: Olympus LS10
Mics: Primo EM172 (See microphone setup)
Pics: Olympus 4040

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This is another ambience recording from the island Flatey in Breiðafjörður, a straight continue of part one.
Women, children as well as the elderly all gather for a boat is docking. Two men, with the day’s catch, step ashore.
When the catch has been divided, the whole throng returns to the village in a cacophony of conversations and drift homewards.
Somewhat nearer, in front of the microphone are a few Red-necked Phalaropes as well as Mallard ducks with ducklings. Other distinguishing birds like the loud Arctic tern and Whimbrel, as well as many other species of bird, can be heard.

Flatey í Breiðafirði 2012. Annar hluti.

Þetta er beint framhald af fyrsta hluta.
Nú safnast allir saman, konur, börn jafnt sem gamalmenni því bátur kemur að landi. Tveir menn með afla dagsins ganga á land. Þegar honum hefur verið skipt,  kemur allur manskapurinn aftur inn í þorp með miklu skvaldri þar sem hver fer til síns heima.
Nokkuð nærri, framan við hljóðnemana voru fjörugir Óðinshanar og stokendur með unga. Aðrir háværar tegundir eru háværar s.s. kría og spói auk margra annarra fuglategunda.


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Recorder: Sound devices 744T
Mic: Audio Technica BP4025
Pics: Canon 30D (See more pictures)

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Flatey is the biggest island in Breiðafjörður bay in the west of Iceland, but nevertheless a small island. It is a wonderful place. Rich, widely spiced bird life and no car traffic. Most houses are old and most of them are nicely rebuilt. No one lives there all year around but in spring, summer and autumn lot of people stays there. Sometimes the place is overcrowded with tourists but there is both a campsite and a hotel.
I spent few hours in Flatey in June 2012 with my family. We just walked around in this relaxing surroundings. The east part of the island was closed because of bird’s hatch and eyas. But the life in the “village” was also interesting.
Strong gust from vest made recording difficult but I found a quiet place beside a wall not far away from the “main street”. In front of me was a small marsh and it was overcrowded with all kinds of birds; snipe, gull, golden plover, white wagtail, oystercatcher, arctic tern, ducks and so on, but closest to the microphone is a red necked phalarope. In distance Kittiwake and other birds are audible.
I was very lucky this time, there were few tourists on the island so the recording contains relaxing conversations between neighbors in this wonderful ambience. In the beginning a child is drumming a box, but it last only for 5 minutes. After that it is possible to listen what people and birds have to say.

Flatey í Breiðafirði 2012. Fyrri partur

Í lok júní fórum við fjölskyldan í dagsferð út í Flatey. Auðvitað lét ég upptökutækin ganga á nokkrum stöðum þótt vindur væri nokkur úr vestri. Ekki bar mikið á fólki eða vélum. Andrúmsloftið var því mjög afslappað.
Inni í miðju þorpi er mýri sem iðaði af fuglalífi. Ég kom því hljóðnemanum í skjól við húsvegg og hljóðritaði stemmninguna í u.þ.b. klukkustund.


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Recorder: Sound devices 744T
Mic: Audio Technica BP4025
Pics: Canon 30D (See more pictures)

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In the beginning of February, Sonic Terrain blog introduce a funny and interesting BBC4 program. This program is inspired by the musician and Eco-philosopher David Rothenberg’s book “Why birds sing”. This documentary explores the intriguing, charming, complex and often conflicting theories on why birds sing like they do and why humans are so attracted to the sound.
After watching the program on Youtube in six pieces, I searched my recordings if some of them contained a birdsong I could be almost sure of that the bird was singing for pleasure, rather than making a territory call.
Lo and behold, I found one.
It was recorded in the evening 9th of June 2012 in my garden. This is a recording that I normally delete or do not publish because it is categorized as a “test file”.
I was testing Parabolic dish with Shure MX391/O capsules with strangely defective Sound Professionals PIP-Phantom power adapter.
But the recording does not only contains “hiss, snap and bad sound” it also contains a lovely birdsong.
Rock band was playing somewhere in the neighborhood. Suddenly a Common Blackbird with a nest in a nearby garden arrived and started to sing. First gently as he was shy but suddenly just before the band started to play Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin the bird began to sing very loud a fabulous song, something I have never heard it sing before, but this bird has been around my house for some years now.
This is far from being a quality recording, but it is worth to listen.
Now the question is, what was this bird thinking when it sang this fabulous song? I am, sure it was just doing it for fun.

Svartþröstur, Jimmy Hendrix og Janis Joplin

Í byrjun febrúar kynnti Sonic Terrain bloggið skemmtilagan og áhugaverðan sjónvarpsþátt frá BBC4. Fjallaði þátturinn aðallega um David Rothenberg og bókina hans “Whay bird sing” Tekist er á um kenningar milli fræðimanna um tilgang fuglasöngs og ólíka sýn manna í þeim efnum.
Eftir að hafa séð þáttinn á YouTube í 6 bútum leiddi ég hugann að mínum fuglaupptökum þar sem segja má að fugl hafi sungið sér til ánægju fremur en annað.
Jú og viti menn ég fann eina upptöku úr garðinum frá því 9. júní 2012 undir flokknum “test”. Var ég þar að prófa parabóluskerm með Shure MX391/O hljóðnemum og biluðum PIP-Phantom power breyti sem ég hafði fengið sendan frá Sound Professionals.
Þó upptakan hafi sína galla þá hefur hún að geyma skemmtilega uppákomu úti í garði þetta kvöld.
Í nágrenninu var nokkuð fjörugt garðpartí með útitónleikum þegar svartþrösturinn í næsta garði fór upp á loftnet og tók lagið með hljómsveitinni. Fyrst þegar hann kom var hann jafn hljóðlátur og venjulega þar sem hann muldraði í barm sér. En skyndilega tók hann við sér og söng allt hvað af tók, svo mjög að ég hafði ekki heyrt annað eins úr barka hans frá því hann kom í hverfið nokkrum árum áður.
Því miður voru ekki réttu græjurnar á staðnum. Hljómurinn er því ekki eins góður og á verður kosið, auk þess sem hávaði frá bílaumferð er allt of mikill að vanda. En upptakan er engu síður þess virði að á hana sé hlustað.


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Recorder: Sound Devices 744T
Mics: Shure MX391 fit into 54cm parabolic disk, connected to SP-XLRM-MINI-2-PHANTOM
Pics. Nokia N82

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Hallgrímskirkja

At 23rd of December I went downtown with my recorder to test a new mic setup in Rycote windshield. It was perfect weather for such things, calm, dry and not too cold.
I have mentioned it before, but binaural recording is almost useless for me in street recording. It is the law of nature that I will be disturbed by someone I know within every ten minutes. So my usual tools to let people know I am busy are fur windshield, boom pole and recorder bag.
This outfit really works. In one evening I recorded undisturbed few hours of street music.
This time I was using my newest MKH8040 ORTF microphone setup, instead of MS as usual.
I totally fell in love with this setup. It will be my “action setup” in the future.
Listening to the ORTF recordings in headphones gives a nice “natural soundspace”. In fact it sounds almost as Binaural. MS recordings can sometimes sounds out of phase, especially when it contains a traffic noise.
Following recording is a “mix collection” of eight music occurrence this evening. It is not all I recorded but just a small taste of what was going on downtown Reykjavik just before Christmas especially when the weather is nice as this day.
Quality headphones are recommended.

Jólatónlist á Þorláksmessu

Þann 23. desember 2012 var fádæma gott veður í Reykjavík. Það var því kjörið að hljóðrita jólastemningu í miðbæ Reykjavíkur.
Fyrr um daginn… í raun allan daginn, fór litið fyrir þessari stemningu. Sérhagsmunaklíka í miðbænum lét bíla vaða um allar götur með fyrirferð, reyk, háfaða og eimyrju langt fram á kvöld. Það var því fátt annað að gera en fara heim og bíða fram á kvöld þegar búast mátti við að líf færðist yfir bæinn og fólk fengi óhindrað að ganga um götur.
Gekk ég þá nokkrar ferðir um Laugaveg, Skólavörðustíg, Bankastræti, Austurstræti og vestur á Hallærisplan og hljóðritaði ýmiskonar “götutónlist” sem víða mátti heyra.
Meðfylgjandi hljóðrit er stutt samantekt af nokkurra klukkustunda efni sem ég náði þetta kvöld.
Ég er ekki viss um hvaða listamenn eru þarna á ferð, en sumir kynna sig. Það væri því vel þegið ef einhver gæti gefið upp nöfn þessa listafólks, annaðhvort í athugasemd hér fyrir neðan eða á myndasíðunni.
Best er að hlusta á hljóðritið í góðum heyrnartólum.


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Recorder: Sound Devices 744
Mics: Sennheiser MKH8040, ORTF setup / Rycote Windsheild (see pictures)
Pix: GoPro3 black / Nokia N82. (See more pictures)

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