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NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
3 Nov 2003

    Geography
  • India
    Uttar Pradesh
    Locality
  • Vrindavan
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.58389   77.7019
    Recording TimeCode
  • 42:34
    Channels
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
    Recorders
  • SONY TCD-D8
    Microphones
  • Sennheiser MKH 30
  • Sennheiser MKH 50
    Accessories
    Equipment Note
  • Decoded MS stereo.

Show: Geography of Heaven: Vrindavan
Log of DAT #: 2
Engineer: Flawn Williams
Date: November 2003

DAT 02: All undecoded MS. Monday morning Nov 3.
00000 slate tape.
00040 quiet street, bike bell goes by. Traffic passes with engines and horns.
00212 Rickshaw ride through streets, pedaling sounds, car passes.
00305 bike bells, then momentary recorded music in shop we pass, pedaling sounds
00320 chopping sounds and a couple of dog barks. *****
00400 auto traffic passes us, angry horns, PA system voice from temple, quick motorbike pass. Idling engine, wimpy motorbike horns, voices, bike bells.
00600 PA voice at temple, some bike bell sounds, voice fades by 00720
00710 disruptive bumps, then traffic sounds resume. Hammering, bike bells, voice calls out "Haribo", bumps, faster traffic goes by in other direction.
00935 sustained bike bells, then bumpy stretch
01040 animated voices, recorded music from shop, getting into tighter streets now
01110 more car and motorbike horns, shop music
01150 nice metallic hammering sounds with bike bells and motorbike pass *****
01220 two tone car horn passes, sounds again in distance
01310 man's yawning voice, car horn, bike bells, "Radhe"
01410 motorbike pulls past, revving; bike bells
01500 insistent bike bells, getting into congested area, driver starts "Radheing" regularly for a short time
01720 flute music from shop, nice 15 sec pass *****
01810 nice single bike bell passing us in clear
01900 quiet stretch, bumping along without bells *****
01955 bike bells, back into active stretch, then quiet again, come to stop
02140 trying to start stalled car in road, men's voices and engine crank
02310 car horn beep, cranking starter
02400 bumping along again, quiet street, bells
02520 stop at banks of the Jamuna river, get out of rickshaw to walk. Deeper handbell clangs amid occasional voices.
02700 walk the riverwalk near Raoul's palace (hollow sounding voices)
02840 man's voice and slight monkey chirps. Doves coo under overhangs.
03100 quiet footsteps ambi. *****
03148 restart after pause. Background ambi more active distant. Woman banging cloth on riverbank step to wash it. Close women's and kids voices pass.
Woman chants "Radhe Radhe" a few times. *****
03520 sounds of washing cloth in water. Animated voices, followed by a bump. (I get jumped by monkey.) Amused kids and man voices.
03620 Getting on boat, rower welcomes me aboard, lotsa handling noise.
03705 closeup oars in water *****
03730 Boat rowing sounds with frequent rower voice.
03810 more rowing in clear closeup, clanking oarlocks with drippy water.
Good long stretch of rowing. *****
03950 Other voices appear in distance, rower starts humming again.
04030 Good distant riverbank ambiance
04140 More humming and rowing, then rower starts shouting to someone ashore
04400 back ashore near Raoul's palace
04440 good bell in quiet ambi at riverside *****
04530 bike bell, riverside bell, a few monkey chirps and parrots
04620 birds amid quiet riverside ambi
04710 mix of several voices in class area, some chanting
04830 good call & response chanting, one bell, birds *****
04920 brief women's ululation followed by man's voice and birds, chant, bell
05100 back in rickshaw, backannounce river scene, KD directs driver
05150 More rickshaw through quiet streets
05230 good bike bells in quiet ambi *****
05510 quick pass of animal cart with sleighbell style jingles *****
05700 good bicycle creaks amid bike bells, occasional voices pass
05800 quick pass of street parade live percussion *****
05900 distant kids in quiet ambi
10000 bike bell as rickshaw continues rolling
10030 passby shop music, motorbike horn, continue rolling *****
10100 clatter of cart or other wagon alongside us, sustains a while
10340 insistent bike bell in quiet ambi *****
10530 off rickshaw, hammering in mid distant, then distant recorded music in courtyard (first visit to milk washing temple?)
10925 music ends, hammering returns, then kid voices in courtyard, then passing adult voices
11220 overhead bell clangs mid distant
11240 back on rickshaw, bumping along
11450 KD consults with driver, redirects him to Radha Govinda
11540 active street, horns, motors, bells, voices
12120 street continues: angry horn and bumpy road
12240 bike bells, quieter street, kids voices
12420 motorbike passes slowly, otherwise fairly quiet street
13100 quiet street at temple under reconstruction
13210 monkey squall in street ambi *****
13310 recorded music over street ambi, then music fades away
13410 live percussion passes by in street
13500 stop and backannounce recent recordings
13610 recorded music starts up clean, then fades away as we roll away
13730 bike bells, quiet street ambi
14030 off the street, go into courtyard
14320 animated voices in courtyard (woman and kids)
14800 quiet courtyard ambi
14930 back on rickshaw, head for Radha Raman
15130 in Radha Raman, male drone chant and speaking voices
15500 one man and one woman quietly chanting
15710 occasional parrot squawks in temple, low chant continues *****
20120 change tape, backannounce recent recordings

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