Each time I've visited Venice over the last 4 or 5 years, I've brought high quality digital audio recording devices. I've skulked throughout the city wearing headphones and porting a stick holding a big fuzzy grey capsule (a wind isolation blimp) that contained a great stereo field microphone attached to a DAT recorder. Mission: capture the remarkable ambient sounds of the city ... sounds that we don't generally promote past the subconscious level, but nonetheless play a huge role in the magic gestalt of the Venetian experience.
Over the last couple weeks, I've been cleaning and primping the recordings, and am ready to start trickling them out here on Veniceblog.
The recordings will all be in .mp3 format, though eventually, I'll make an audio CD available. To listen, of course, you'll need any sort of .mp3/digital audio player software, such as iTunes or Windows Media Player -- both which will allow you to convert the recordings to CD for use in a conventional CD player.
This first recording is of the 6 o'clock PM bells as heard from a a quiet courtyard in Dorsoduro. It lasts about 7.5 minutes, beginning with a walk through noisy Campo Santa Margherita, crossing over the bridge into Campo San Barnaba, finally arriving in the little canalside courtyard just as the bells begin their course.
Windows users: right click on this link, choose "save target as" and specify where you want the file to be saved. Or simply left click to auto download it to your temporary folder.
Mac users: click and hold down this link, then choose "download link to disk" and specify where you want the file to be saved.
Please alert me to any trouble you have getting/hearing the file. Much more coming.