Here's another recording of ambient sounds of the city of Venice. This soundscape is of Piazza San Marco just as the sun rises, a little before 6 AM. The square is almost empty. The microphone is placed in the dead center, facing the Basilica. Two spazzolini (streetsweepers) methodically broom the paving stones. There are moments when I am completely alone in the Piazza. At most, I see 15 people during the entire 8.5 minute recording.
The recording ends with the beautiful morning bells from the Campanile, as they have sung for centuries. This is the day's first ringing. (Note: these bells are quite difficult to record, and this was my 6th or 7th attempt. The problem is that they are so exceptionally loud relative to the low ambient levels of the Piazza that they inevitably overload the microphone when they start up. Thanks to my friend, Leo Del Aguila, Senior Recording Engineer at National Public Radio, for tips on how to overcome the problem.)
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