Sloshing though swamp, Walking in water
African Forest Elephant
NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
22 Feb 2002
Central African Republic
- Dzanga-Sangha Reserve; Elephant bai; Mirador observation platform
- 2.954323 16.364085
- SONY TCD-D8
4-Channel Surround; 1=L, 2=R, 3=Ls, 4=Rs; Schoeps MK 2
Show: CAR Elephants
Log of DAT #: 5A
Engineer: Bill McQuay
Date: Feb. 22, 2002
Hike to the Bai
birds in the background, voices speaking another language, flies buzzing by the microphones.
Carolyn and Bill discussing rolling and syncing the tapes.
feet wading through water, splashing footsteps. A bird chirps regularly in the background. Occasional voices in the background.
Bill says, "Hey Padron. Until we get about half-way out."
More feet sloshing through mud and water. Good plunking noises as feet hit the water. Water sounds like it's getting deeper and deeper.
Coming out of the deepest part of the water, then back into it, more sloshing. Alex sloshes by and then Bill starts walking again, sloshing.
Walking stops. Lots of birds twittering. A bird or animal that sounds like a creaky rocking chair is particularly interesting. An animal in the distance sounds like a baby wailing.
Resumes wading through the water. Birds start calling loudly, walking stops.
No walking. The birds that sounded like babies wailing are flying overhead, calling loudly. They pause and then call again. Meanwhile the forest is alive with bird noises and the creaking rocking chair animal.
Walking resumes, with the wailing birds calling occasionally. Feet hit dry land and begin walking on the dirt path.
Walking stops. Sounds of the forest¿birds etc.
Walking on dry land resumes.
Feet plunge into water, walking again through the thick water.
Walking through shallow water.
Walking through deep water again, then it gets shallower, finally onto dry land and walking continues on the dry land.
interesting new bird sounds
Still walking on dry land.
feedback in the microphone.
walking has stopped. Lots of regular noises, a chorus of bugs and birds.
Forest noises, no walking. Monkey or bird chatters occasionally in the distance.
Walking resumes. Dry land.
Fuzz in the mike.
Still walking on dry land.
Walking, but it sounds like walking through brush. Walking continues as guides, forest guards speak. Alex asks a question in French and everybody stops walking.
So, they're forest guards, about oh, 5 or 6 of them have just come by, led by a BaAka guide and then a couple of guys carrying weapons and in uniform, and they go on down the path.
Men's voices rumbling in the background, walking resumes.
Bill pauses, has a stone in his shoe. Carolyn declares that heaven is being in an elephant dung swamp and not having pebbles in one's shoes.
Bill walks again, free of pebbles. Hallelujah! Walking through rough terrain, sounds like there is vegetation or something to struggle through.
Ambi. Walking stops. Forest is calmer but droning of insects is still loud.
Walking resumes, less difficult terrain. Occasionally passing through more difficult-sounding passages.
Ambi. No walking.
Walking continues. Animal squawks in the background with regularity.
Walking stops. Ambi. A couple of droning insects form a sort of chorus and then two drop out, leaving only a background of solid noise.
Walking. Bird calls in a sing-song voice.
No walking. Birds call in swoopy voices like whippoorwills or a rusty swing.
Ambient sound gets loud, like there is a waterfall nearby or it is raining steadily. Could be wind. Then this ends abruptly.
Walking resumes, wind or rain in the background also there.
FX zipper being pulled.
Walking continues. Some breathing sounds for a little while. Sometimes walking on what sounds like paper bags¿perhaps the vegetation is dry underfoot. Other times the path sounds pretty packed down.
no walking. Ambi.
Ambi. No walking. Insects droning are loud.
FX Squeaking bird. No walking.
Walking. Bird continues squeaking in the background for a little while. Sometimes the vegetation crackles underfoot.
FX twig snaps underfoot.
No walking. Ambi. Insects are quieter in the background. Birds chirp.
Resume walking. Fly buzzes by. Walking gets quiet and then resumes normal volume.
Walking halts. Forest ambi is muted.
Walking resumes. Wind in the trees (unless it's rain?)
Walking on wooden planks.
Loud insects chirping in a continuous stream. This sound is loud but dies down, forest is at a normal decibel again.
Walking on wooden boards again.
Walking stops. Ambi. The background insect sounds rise and fall.
Walking resumes, on ground, not wood. Passing into a gravely area, sounds like feet walking on gravel or crunching on dry leaves.
Walking on boards or floor. Wind in the trees. Fly buzzes by. Bird calls.
Backpack gets set on the ground.
Voices begin whispering, wind in the background.
Something is hitting the wooden floor, like objects being placed on it.
More whispering. Objects being pulled around.
Elephant in the distance makes a noise that sounds like the engine of a motorcycle revving.
Elephant rumbles and then calls.
Elephant continues rumbling and calling. Andrea whispers in the background for some of this.
FX Elephant rumbling and calling again.
FX little rumble.
FX rumble, call, rumble, call, rumble. Wind in the background.
Alex and Bill discussing positioning, decide to move. Set up elsewhere. Walk across to other tower, set up, turn up volume.
Ambi. Birds chirp. Log drops, or something that sounds like a log dropping.
FX Elephant call, loud.
FX Elephant calls at intervals. Very loud!
Something hitting a drum-like object, once, very loud.
FX Elephant splashing water with its tusk and occasionally growling.
Animal occasionally walking through water. Occasionally. Forest ambi.
Ambi. Wind gets very loud and then dies down a little. Elephant still walking around below in the water, occasionally breathing audibly. Fly buzzes by.
Bill moves the mike.
Starting up again. Ambi. Birds twittering. Occasional elephant breathing noises. Wind is softer than before
too windy for the mike, rumbling in the mike.
FX soft rumble by an elephant.
FX low rumble.
Voices talking in the distance.
Bill shifts position
Ambi. Elephant walking underneath. Wind, birds, insects.
Cracking branches underfoot beneath.
Fly buzzing around.
Something bumps on the ground.
Animal call, sort of a cluck.
Cool bird call.
Objects bumping on floor. People shifting around.
Sound like sandpaper rubbing on a piece of wood.
ambi. Birds calling. Wind. Elephant blowing water.
FX Clucking bird.
FX good splashing noise.
Wind starts to pick up, gets very loud. Slowly dies down again.
Elephant sloshes water.