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4Nov2003. 0600 hours.  

NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
3 Nov 2003

    Geography
  • India
    Uttar Pradesh
    Locality
  • Vrindavan
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.58389   77.7019
    Recording TimeCode
  • 42:34
    Channels
    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: India
Log of DAT #: 4
Engineer: Flawn Williams
Date: November 2003

DAT 04:
All MS. Monday evening Nov 3. Radha Raman temple, with first woman singer with harmonium, acapella voices, and walking drum/cymbal circle. Go to second temple (one Alex didn't ever see) with all women chanting up front and then at rear. Then Tuesday morning 6am, rickshaw ride along the riverside pilgrimage route to downtown and beyond, some little useful snippets but mostly dominated by rickshaw sounds.

DAT 04: All MS. Monday evening Nov 3.
00000 slate Tape 4, MS.
00130 rolling in rickshaw, quiet streets, Radhe Radhe.
00350 a bit of recorded music, and then a motorbike starts and leaves, in otherwise quiet street
00430 entering Radha Raman temple, some handling noise crossing threshold, then hear first Western woman singer with harmonium and cymbals
00530 big overhead bells start clanging, other music stops after a few seconds *****
00900 small cymbals join bells clanging
01225 bells end, men's chant voices greet its ending, then quiet hubbub
01300 men's acapella unison chant, sounds like sea chantey *****
02020 men's chant ends, quiet, then individual voices speak and chant
02340 processional drum and cymbal trio parades through temple, circling the floor (we have this same thing later on in Surround mode, DAT 22/23) *****
03000 drum trio stops, harmonium starts right up noodling in background, then male voice and tabla join in. After a couple of minutes, mike gets closer to music, and the music coalesces into a song. *****
03800 mike moves even closer to music *****
03838 momentary mistracking: don't know if this is just on this clone, or on the master too.
03900 mike moves away from music, leaves it off to right side (after decoding), song ends, back to harmonium noodling
04135 handling noise, distant music, new tune starts up, we have left the sanctuary, KD and Flawn confer about where to go next.
04250 Flawn: Let's go.
04310 outside Radha Raman temple, local man sings along with recorded music from boombox. Music fades away as our footsteps take us to the street.
Distant bike bell comes closer. KD tells driver where we're going. Get into rickshaw. Radhe Radhe.
04530 insistent motorbike horn, then bike bell, quiet street. Bumpy ride.
04705 more active street, recorded music, horns
04805 multiple bike bells, monkey, agitated voices with motor sound
05045 multiple bike bells, Radhe Radhe
05440 bike bells and sterner Radhe Radhe
05650 off rickshaw, some handling noise, approach temple (one Alex didn't ever see)
05725 young women chanting up front near altar, high energy happy feeling, big reverberant room (mid distant, in left ch of stereo image) *****
10100 chanting degenerates into occasional women and general hubbub
10225 young woman asks what my recording is about, KD talks to her
10245 chant resumes from group of women at rear of temple (right channel of stereo image).
10420 new chant, some men with women, up front (left)
10730 some handling noise, then closer perspective of new chant *****
11020 handling noise, chanting gets more distant, close voices urge us to leave, we leave Radha Ballam temple, note Internet address painted on the wall.
11130 quiet passage to street, stop down.
11317 Restart Tuesday morning 6am, outdoor ambiance, distant amplified temple sounds, birds, Flawn slates tape, finding a rickshaw, KD bargains for fare
11530 handling noise at start of rickshaw ride along the riverside pilgrimage "parikoram" route to downtown.
11600 Amplified procession passes nearby, then some motor sounds, sweeping
11650 Radhe, birds sounds, enter crowd with many voices, then quieter *****
11755 insistent horn Dopplers by, then some handling noise
and beyond, some little useful snippets but mostly dominated by rickshaw sounds.
12015 man's voice and nice distant bell ringing several times, then quiet ambi *****
12240 motors and then cymbals nearby, Radhe Radhe *****
12530 agitated then happy nearby young voices, laughing, Radhe Radhe *****
12615 recorded amplified music nearby, slow passby and ease back *****
12730 some fleeting water sounds, voices, Radhe Radhe
12815 kids voices, sweeping, Radhe,
13025 approaching dual note chime percussion clang, Radhe *****
13140 clang gone, other voices, handling noise
13350 pass big one-stroke engine, some recorded music in background
13520 closer to recorded music, megaphone man singing passes ****
13640 pass very close to recorded music from pathside shop (it distorts at maximum closeness)
13800 back to quieter pathside ambi, then approach more amplified music
13915 handling noise as mike position changes, pass distorted amplified music, more handling noise, more amplified music
14120 good cacophony of amplified musics, ***** then gets quieter, some handling noise, more passes of amplified music
14400 another nice pass of recorded music, Radhe
14650 recorded music passes, segue to live cymbals and chant, Radhe, more recorded music
14800 one firecracker blast pretty much in isolation *****
14835 passing more recorded music
14945 amplified preaching voice passes, with Radhe Radhe from driver *****
15130 lotsa voices nearby going Radhe Radhe *****
15220 a few monkey squeals
15300 two old men's chanting voices pass us *****
15440 cycling in close quarters, narrow alley, many voices, a bit bumpy
15515 kid voice and monkeys squalls *****
15650 pass recorded music, bumpy,
15700 footsteps in narrow alley, some biking sounds and voices *****
15900 firecracker nearby, distorted
15930 pass recorded music, more footsteps and bike sounds
20030 bike bells, mid distant monkeys, a young woman saying "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna", segue to recorded music and alley sounds *****
20230 downtown hubbub near riverside plaza, chants, cymbals *****
20315 succession of passing recorded musics and voices
20700 end tape

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