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Ends in another temple.  

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Includes intermittent comments by Alex Chadwick and Raoul.  

NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
4 Nov 2003

    Geography
  • India
    Uttar Pradesh
    Locality
  • Vrindavan
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.58389   77.7019
    Channels
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
    Recorders
  • SONY TCD-D8
    Microphones
    Accessories
    Equipment Note
  • DPA omni mics.

Show: Geography of Heaven: India
Log of DAT #: 6
Engineer: Flawn Williams
Date: November 2003

DAT 06:
DPAs with no screens, clipped to collar. Tuesday evening Nov 4 stealth trip to temples, with Alex and Carolyn. Rickshaw ride through busy streets with Ranchor Prime. Good single firecracker in street. Ambi at temple of flashing lights, inside and outside on circuit walk through rear yard, then back in. At just past one hour, leave first temple, short rickshaw ride to Radha Raman temple. Good music close perspective from first woman singer, tabla, and harmonium, and finger cymbals. Close, then distant, then off to left. Leave temple, more outside ambis, handhold DPAs for rickshaw ride home.

DAT 06: twin DPA omnis with no screens, clipped to collar. Tuesday evening Nov 4 stealth trip to temples, with Alex and Carolyn.
00000 Flawn slates Tues evening leaving MVT compound
00030 quiet evening ambi with distant temple sounds from ISKCON
00250 active street ambi, rickshaw drivers vie for our business. Raoul offmike doing logistics with KD and Alex.
00545 Rickshaw ride through busy streets, Flawn in rickshaw with Ranchor Prime. Heavy truck sound. Wind noise as we roll fast, Flawn and RP discuss miking. More wind noise, FW/RP chatter.
01200 Less wind now. A few good fragments of street ambis, RP/FW conversation.
01450 more wind again
01500 ***** Good single firecracker in street, wind is OK here.
01700 some good rickshaw bouncy sound, then RP talks of rickshaw design
01900 ***** some good street ambi, bouncing rickshaw, truck motor, recorded music from a shop
02040 ***** pass live percussion chant group, comes up quickly, fades slowly into bike bells
02200 a few good rattles of rickshaw canopy
02330 ***** good quiet street ambi, then multiple bike bells and rattley rickshaw
02440 big angry horns, agitated traffic scene
02620 ***** nice street voices, few motors and other distractions, good kids, men and women voices, as we arrive at temple of flashing lights (Radha Damodar)
02800 crush of voices around us as we head for entrance to temple, then eases back a bit once inside. Nothing happening inside temple except hubbub of voices.
03120 ***** very melodic young kid's voice calls out in crowd
03630 a little bit of wind in the right channel
03725 Alex audible offmike for a few seconds in midst of crowd hubbub
03910 Ranchor (offmike) describes scene in little room, where the founder of the ISKCON movement stayed in this temple, also describes general layout of the temple (not on-mike enough for air).
04145 Alex and RP talk of name of this temple, story behind it (offmike)
04230 ***** another good kid voice in crowd
04310 outside, much quieter, walking, some wind rumble, a few voices
04350 distant monkey squeals amid human voices
04450 Raoul audible offmike for a few seconds, outdoor ambi continues
05400 go back inside, higher voice energy level than outside but quieter than previous inside scene. KD audible in distance for a few seconds.
05600 leave temple, go outside to shoe drop area, more voices
05920 back at street, bike bells and voices, distant temple percussion
10110 leaving, short rickshaw ride to Radha Raman temple.
10300 picking up speed in quiet street, wind rumble, some rickshaw bounce, various musics go by
10715 arriving, dismount, Raoul and KD deal with drivers
10930 walking through courtyard, recorded music from boombox, kids voices, a little bit of wind rumble
11115 Raoul describes deity of this temple (offmike) as "self-manifesting"
11155 ***** enter Radha Raman temple, music is ongoing: first woman singer, tabla, and harmonium, and finger cymbals. Distant at first, then quickly get closer, music off to left side of stereo image, then it moves to left-center.
11610 ***** Music continues, others in temple occasionally talking over music
12525 ***** Changing position, music gets distant, off to left. Some other softspoken voices occasionally audible with music.
12855 Move a bit to different perspective
13020 Leave temple, music segues to outside ambi with recorded music.
13135 motorbike starts up in courtyard, departs, recorded music continues
13225 quiet courtyard ambi: distant recorded music, voices, crickets
13310 walk out to street, reboarding rickshaws, distant radio broadcast
13415 KD and Alex and Carolyn confer about shopping logistics
13605 (handhold the DPA mikes for rickshaw ride back to MVT).
13800 rickshaws depart. Some wind noise in mikes. Bumpy rickshaw in quiet street. Angry horn passes us. More bumps. Bike bells.
14100 active street, some handling noise on both mikes
14230 ***** Ranchor (on mike): when you take away a couple of scooters, it hasn¿t changed in a hundred years, has it? (Referring to the old downtown)
14410 ***** bumpy rickshaw canopy in quiet street, with some horns and bells
14630 passing big recorded music scene, then back to quieter street
14723 Ranchor recalls his first time in Vrindavan, 1975
14850 Ranchor describes parked buses where pilgrims live while in town
14930 picking up speed, wind noise increases. Rattley rickshaw canopy.
15100 better street ambi, less wind and bumps, more active
15220 back to quieter street
15420 ***** windier again for a few seconds, but then good pedaling sound with little else
15630 interesting horn sound, or is it a bird? "Backup signal of car of Civil Defense Staff Officer"
15730 ***** good pedaling resumes in quiet street
20120 ***** turn into alley toward MVT, some bumpy rattle in clear
20230 SUV fanbelt squeal and horn, but cow in road refuses to move
20300 dismount, pay drivers, enter MVT (mikes are being held together so sound is mono and there's handling noise here)
20720 deep exhale, tape ends

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