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From a rickshaw ride.  

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Includes some conversation by Ranchor Prime and Alex Chadwick.  

NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
8 Nov 2003

    Geography
  • India
    Uttar Pradesh
    Locality
  • Vrindavan
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.58389   77.7019
    Channels
  • Multi-channel
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
    Recorders
  • SONY TCD-D8
    Microphones
    Accessories
    Equipment Note
  • 4-Channel Surround; 1=L, 2=R, 3=Ls, 4=Rs

Show: Geography of Heaven; Vrindavan, India
Log of DAT #: 22
Engineer: Flawn Williams
Date: November 2003

DAT 22: SurF. Saturday night, early evening
00000 rickshaw ride from MVT to Radha Raman temple.
02715 outside Radha Raman temple, distant bells inside, voices and horn beeps outside in courtyard.
02850 Alex Ids going into temple, then asks Ranchor to describe what's to happen
03135 Into temple service: first a single drum and cymbal hit. Ambi.
03205 loud bells and gongs, ***
03400 changed rec levels? Gets weaker ***
03520 continued bells, "change-ringing" kind of sequence ***
03805 bells end, ambi, transition into acapella men's chant, ***
(04000 other speaking voices start to impinge on men's chant for a few seconds)
04450 chant ends, random voices ambi
04630 drum and cymbal on parade, walk around surround array ***
05210 one drum song ends, another starts up, less interesting
05315 second song ends, quiet ambi
05420 first noodlings on harmonium, first western woman singer starts in distance, with harmonium drone, tabla, conversational voices continue
(music is stronger in rear mikes!)
05810 crowd hubbub rises a bit as music continues, kid cries in distance
10600 same ensemble, changes to different tune
11450 marching drum and cymbal takes over from harmonium/vocal group
11530 quiet interior ambi, then tabla restarts, drums march back into room
11700 drums once more around the mikes array, walking in and back out
11830 drums once more around the mikes array, walking in and back out
11950 drums once more around the mikes array, walking in and back out
12110 drums end, tabla ambi, harmonium
12245 tabla joins in, first woman vocalist restarts amid hubbub, then quits
12600 harmonium restarts, with Indian woman vocalist (music is stronger in rear mikes!) and male vocalist adds in about 12800, all amid hubbub
13035 drum/cymbal parade drowns out musicians
13300 general hubbub with tabla noodling
13515 male singer starts new song amid hubbub, WV woman singer joins in (music is stronger in rear mikes!)
13930 shouts and ululation as curtains part and deity is unveiled (to 13945)
ensemble music continues behind that
14115 more ululation over ensemble music
14250 song ends, harmonium noodling, gentle hubbub
14400 new song starts
14730 adjust miking so it's closer to singers (is it at this point that I rotated the array so the front mikes face the singers? Sounds like it¿), song continues.
15350 song ends, new song starts after a few seconds, still some crowd noise competing with music
20735 tape runs out, song downcut, picks up on tapes 24/25

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