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DPA mics used for polar recordings

Erica Basnicki 26 March 2012
DPA mics used for polar recordings

Australian location recorder Daniel Blinkhorn has been using DPA 2006A twin diaphragm omnidirectional microphones, supplied by local distributor Amber Technology, for his location recording work in the polar archipelago of Svalbard, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole.   Blinkhorn travelled to the region on a traditionally rigged tall ship, working on creative field recordings for sound installations and electroacoustic compositions as well as a feature for ABC radio’s 360 program and his own research into composing with environmental sound.   “It’s an area renowned for its visual and cinematic beauty, and sound plays an integral role in the uniqueness of its appeal,” said Blinkhorn (pictured here on a break). “There’s a great deal of sonic activity within the archipelago, both animal – aquatic and birdlife: walrus, arctic fox, deer, polar bears etc – and aqueous: ice sheets calving from glaciers, icebergs colliding, pancake and brash ice melting – as well as plenty of driving wind and snow. I was hugely impressed with the fact that, despite the weather often spiking below -30° C the 2006As performed flawlessly, often for hours at a time, capturing every nuance of detail within the environment, time and again.”    

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