Acoustic recording field trip to Barns of Airlie Souterrain, Angus, Scotland,4/5/2014. The Souterrain is generally thought to be over 2000 years old making it Pictish or earlier. The dry stone walled construction is roofed by large slabs of sandstone and approximately half way along it's length features a rod and serpent carving typical of Bronze Age Pictish symbolism. Souterrains of this type are generally thought to have been used for food storage, being underground stone construction they maintain a cool temperature year round. The current entrance is to the North West end but may have originally been entered from a central location which would place the original entrance directly below the carved roof slab.
A highly portable lo-fi recording rig was employed and will be explored further in future field recording trips, especially the effectiveness of mobile device technology, such as iPhones and tablets.
Field recording personnel:
Nick Green assisted by Francis Green
Music: The Kills
Barns of Airlie: Pictish souterrain
Location Barns of Airlie: Pictish souterrain
Temperature 12 C
IR source Balloon burst and sine sweep
Playback equipment Bose Soundlink portable loudspeaker and iPad app.
Recording equipment Alesis Palmtrack
No. Channels 2
Microphone polar response Omnidirectional
File format Wav
Bit depth 24
Sample rate 48KHz
Source position East end of tunnel
Microphone position West end of tunnel
Source/microphone proximity 6m distance approx.
Personnel Nick Green with assistance from Francis Green
Documentary film vimeo.com/94432365