KNITSONIK 10 – EDDIE, my beloved digital sound recorder (Part 3)

Part 3 of the EDDIE epic is here! For context you might want to relisten to parts 1 and 2; in this final installment we are ALL ABOUT THE SOUNDS because we have a really special guest on the show – my long-term comrade in sound and fellow composer and soundartist, Patrick McGinley of framework radio.

Patrick doing some kind of silly tea face on our road trip to Hawick in 2013
Patrick doing some kind of silly tea face on our road trip to Hawick in 2013

As ever, you can hear the podcast by subscribing through iTunes, listening through the player below, or downloading it directly from its page on Internet Archive. The KNITSONIK podcast is now also available through Stitcher Radio.

Part 3 of the epic EDDIE trilogy opens with myself and Patrick discussing the now long gone Estonian spring, and listening to some beautiful recordings of a woodpecker on a tree in Finland. This tree.

The dead tree in Finland in which a woodpecker was pecking, the sound of which features in this KNITSONIK episode. Recording and photo by Patrick McGinley.
The dead tree in Finland in which a woodpecker was pecking, the sound of which features in this KNITSONIK episode. Recording and photo by Patrick McGinley.

We reflect on some of the things that have been going on chez KNITSONIK… family illness; going to Woolfest; being not very well; working on The Fabric of Oxford for The Museum of Oxford and acquiring ducks

DUCKS! Say hello to Honey, Bonbon & Pretzel; the new family additions chez KNITSONIK
DUCKS! Say hello to Honey, Bonbon & Pretzel; the new family additions chez KNITSONIK

We continue with the theme from parts 1 and 2, looking at the sonic inspirations sourced and found with my trusty EDIROL R-09.

EDDIE my affectionately nicknamed EDIROL R-09 digital sound recorder
EDDIE my affectionately nicknamed EDIROL R-09 digital sound recorder

Some of the sounds in the podcast this week…

I share a custom ring-tone created out of nephew Barnaby’s new words “ndunga” and a new composition created with elastic bands, tupperware and coffee pot. (We are keeping it real here on the KNITSONIK podcast.) There is also a nice sheep recording from Woolfest.

framework:500

KNITSONIK has been contributing content and shows to framework:radio show since 2004. Framework is the longest-running show of its kind and a focal point for many artists working with sound and especially with field recordings. In this show, Patrick McGinley reflects on this show and talks about the commemorative release produced earlier this year to coincide with its 500th episode. Framework is completely run on volunteer work and listener donations.

framework:500 - a special audio release created in celebration of the 500th(!) edition of framework radio show which premiered on sunday, february 22nd, 2015
framework:500 – a special audio release created in celebration of the 500th(!) edition of framework radio show which premiered on sunday, february 22nd, 2015
handmade editions of framework:500 available from the framework radio website for donations of €40 or more towards the continuation of the show
handmade editions of framework:500 available from the framework radio website for donations of €40 or more towards the continuation of the show

Tracks from framework:500 featured in this podcast include Peter Cusack’s recording of milking a camel; my own recording of fermenting madder; and Echo by Keith de Mondenco.

In my recording you can hear fermentation taking place in a saucepan full of madder root and water
In my recording you can hear fermentation taking place in a saucepan full of madder root and water

I also include Patrick’s amazing recordings of the paper mill and printing press wherein the sleeves for framework:500 were created.

Patrick recording the sounds of the printing press where the CD sleeves for framework:500 were printed
Patrick recording the sounds of the printing press where the CD sleeves for framework:500 were printed

More sounds…

As Patrick and I are both field-recordists, we have plenty of things to share in terms of our appreciation for sound, so after talking about framework:500 we discuss the joy of some of our fortuitous sonic discoveries and recording moments.

Most of these encounters between ourselves and the sonic world are documented on the aporee sound maps built by our mutual friend Udo Noll… you can find the original recordings by searching our names under the extended search function:

to find sounds on aporee, click on extended search and enter your terms...
to find sounds on aporee, click on extended search and enter your terms…
Search for sounds, place names, artist names, anything...
Search for sounds, place names, artist names, anything…
many hours of sound uploaded by Felicity Ford to the aporee soundmap by Udo Noll
many hours of sound uploaded by Felicity Ford to the aporee soundmap by Udo Noll

In this episode I play Clanging wires inside a lamp-post in Reading; Spontaneous fermentation in the Cantillon brewery in Belgium; Snow on roses in Berlin… and myself and Patrick McGinley talk about our memories of recording those sounds. We focus especially on recordings made with our respective small recorders. I use EDIROL R-09 and Patrick uses a Sony PCM M10.

KNITSONIK recording kit with EDDIE, Wonders of Electricity Mitts and Caller Herrin' hat - high wool content for recordist comfort and lack of annoying clothes noises in the recordings
KNITSONIK recording kit with EDDIE, Wonders of Electricity Mitts and Caller Herrin’ hat – high wool content for recordist comfort and lack of annoying clothes noises in the recordings

KNITTING!

It’s been all about the swatching here on KNITSONIK and there was a long series of blog posts on the topic which you might enjoy reading if you’ve not already read it:

On swatching: have your say!
Reasons for swatching
On swatching: redefining useful
On swatching: Frangipani Caterpillars
Money, Time and Swatching
Is swatching indulgent?
Yarn costs and swatching

There were also some amazing swatches produced by KNITSONIK comrades during the Frangipani caterpillars swatch-a-long; if you click on the picture below it will take you to the projects on Ravelry but you can also read our thread about it here.

Swatches by Ines1, julischkam, me, sorosa and Fiberfryd...
Swatches by Ines1, julischkam, me, sorosa and Fiberfryd…

I then reveal my plans to celebrate the amazing Missy Elliott in Stranded Colourwork.

Missy Elliott and Timbaland in Under Construction album artwork
Missy Elliott and Timbaland in Under Construction album artwork

I discuss working from the album artwork for “Under Construction” as an opening point for developing my epic Woolly tribute to my favourite megastar.

Missy Elliott inspired stranded colourwork
Missy Elliott inspired stranded colourwork

I describe how the signature phrase “This Is A Missy Elliott Exclusive” has influenced my design.

The podcast wraps up with a mention of progress on The Fabric of Oxford and The KNITSONIK Audible Textures Resource.

Until next time,
YOURS IN SOUNDS,
FX

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5 Responses to KNITSONIK 10 – EDDIE, my beloved digital sound recorder (Part 3)

  1. kathy says:

    I was so excited to see that you had another podcast episode posted! Great episode. Thanks.

  2. sweetea says:

    So, this summer I have been driving around the state of Vermont to survey how many people wear their seatbelts. It’s a lot of driving. And I find that I save your podcasts for my most rural sites so I can PAY ATTENTION and enjoy everything. It gives me a lovely boost in my often dull days.

  3. Ruth says:

    New episode came just at the right moment, amidst the chaos of holiday packing and the ‘I would really like the children to be back at school now’ stresses of domestic life, I took an evening ‘out’ to listen while working on combing and spinning the Portland fleece I bought at Woolfest. Bliss.

    I mentioned I was doing this to my lovely friend who I have managed to get hooked on the Knitsonik podcast and she replied
    “Just the thought of Felix is a gentle stroke of the soul”
    and it was, as usual. Thanks, I needed it!

  4. Administration says:

    Aw thanks so much, I am thrilled if my podcast can offer any relief from domestic stresses and the thought of the sounds and the Portland fleece just rubbing along together is delightful. Your friend’s kind words have made me blush right to my toes, thanks for making my day x

  5. Muhammad says:

    Oh I feel your pain; I had a pattern for a cuople of felted purses on my old laptop…it crashed. I didn’t have my pattern backed up and so now all I have is my legal pad with scribbled notes that probably make less sense then your notes on your project. I don’t have a really good reason like pregnancy brain! Moral of the story for me is back up my computer!I can’t wait for your new podcast!Charlene

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