NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
28 Feb 2002
Central African Republic
- 2.901 16.269
- SONY TCD-D8
Schoeps MK 2
Show: Dzanga Elephants
Log of DAT #: 22B
Engineer: Bill McQuay
Date: Feb 28, 2002
BaAka music, rumbling truck motor. Sounds like Bill and the BaAka are on the truck.
truck honks, stops, BaAka stop singing.
Truck stops, doors open and close, then truck continues on.
BaAka no longer singing, truck still driving along.
Bill and Alex setting up microphones etc.
Driving into town. A little talk in French in the beginning.
truck idles, some French exchanged.
Truck picks up speed again, drives along. (Good 8:10-8:35)
Truck stops. People get out. Some talk and hammering in the distance. Some shouting in the background. Footsteps coming and going on what sounds like sandy ground. Hammering continues intermittently. (Alex and Bill talking occasionally from 12:04 on)
Alex is buying fabric.
Bill is getting money out, or fingering some kind of paper.
Not much interesting ambi.
hammering. Some kids talking. Music playing from a boombox in the background.
Alex and Bill chatting.
more hammering, ambi.
FX rooster cry.
Two people speaking French, Bill and Alex join in, trying to buy something. Good sound around 29:30 of bartering for the price of the purchase. Alex, Bill, and Carolyn barter and buy. Calculator beeping for price negotiations, French-speaking vendors first try to gouge Alex and Bill but then they work it all out.
Done shopping, the group heads back. And then decides to buy something else.
FX truck drives by in the background.
Alex and Bill talking about how people are noticing their microphones. Decide it's time to head back. Finish buying more stuff (at 45:40).
Truck doors opening and closing. In the truck, talking about going to the market. Truck driving to the market.
truck stops, Alex and Bill get out to walk around the market.
ambi. Lots of voices, some whining kids.
Back to the truck. Driving home.
Alex describes Bayanga, not quite loud enough. Describes the houses. Describes heading to the bai. Red dirt roads, etc.
Stopping, Carolyn gets out. Alex and Bill still in the truck, bumping along.
Truck stops. Open door beeping. Alex and Bill get out, chatting about bread and when they will be ready to leave. Walking silently along a path.