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NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
9 Oct 2005

    Geography
  • China
    Yunnan
    Locality
  • Tibet
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 29.59501   101.87913
    Recording TimeCode
  • 46:51 - 49:00
    Channels
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 24-bit
    Recorders
    Microphones
  • Sennheiser MKH 30
  • Sennheiser MKH 40
    Accessories
    Equipment Note
  • Decoded MS stereo. Sonosax pre-amps used.

Reporter: Elizabeth Arnold
Engineer: Leo delAguila
Interviews with: Ambi ¿ getting ready, driving in truck, at doctor's house, short interview with doctor.
Logged By: ESN

0:00
LdA: In Tibet. Little town. Informal talking abt B&B. Same set up. Stereo MS, sennheisers, 40 in the middle, 30 on the other side. Morning. Getting ready sounds. Dat 3.

1:30
voices speaking English, and Chinese

2:00
water running
voices speaking English, and Chinese

2:30
Car engine starts, revs, drives, stops, gets out, door slam.
2:50

3:00
Outside.

3:20
Faint car start.
Restart.
Restart.
Restart.

4:00
Engine noise
EA, JS talking, laughing in BG

5:40
Voices speaking Chinese

5:45
Car drives past
Running water
Male voices speak in Chinese

6:35
Engine
Running water
Male voices speak in Chinese

7:00
Engine
Running water
Male voices speak in Chinese

8:30
Man coughs, spits.

10:25
Metal basin?
Running water
Faint voices

13:20
Car pulls up, stop, doors open, slam.

14:00
car doors slamming, car starting, driving off.

14:40
LdA informal talking.

15:00
Car driving

15:30
LdA taking pictures with people.
17:17

17:20
Car engines, car doors slamming.

17:50
Engines
Hammering

18:35
LdA: technical issues.

19:00
hammering, car engine.
Car doors slamming.
Faint voices, speaking in Chinese

20:05
Cars starting engines, driving.

20:30
LdA: Batteries out.
Informal talking¿
22:10
LdA: in the truck recording sound.

22:20
driving, rattling, cars honking

22:30
someone in truck whistling

23:33
whistling stops
humming starts

25:28
driving, shifting w/in truck, rattling.

26:11
faintly, man singing in Chinese
truck gaining more speed

27:25
truck comes to a stop,
turns off engine,
people getting out,
slamming doors.
27:54

Stop recording

28:00
Start recording again

Music playing (radio?) ¿ male voice and female voice sing in Chinese (Tibetan?) accompanied by stringed instrument.
Truck: driving, rattling.

28:45
Car honk
Music continues.
Truck: driving, rattling.

29:57
Music Stops
Truck: driving, rattling.

30:11
Truck stops
Door open
People get out

30:30
Music starts again.
Creaking of truck
Sound of other traffic.

Stop recording
32:35
Starts recording again
LdA: in the village where this medicine doctor lives. Visit with him. Recording the town

33:12
Sounds of children laughing.
Footsteps on gravel.

33:24
LdA: Hello

Kids yelling.
Dog barking in BG.

33:50
LdA: talking.

34:00
More kids yelling, laughing.
Footsteps on gravel.

34:10
kids talking into microphone.

34:50
Faint children's voices.
Dogs barking

35:20
Dog bark - LOUD

35:40
Going up steps.

36:22
Creaking door.
[Heavy LdA breathing]

36:50
JS faint voice in BG

37:45
Norbu, JS, EA: informal talking

38:15
Norbu: The Buddha in the middle is the Buddha lotus, he's the living Buddha who brought Tibetan Buddhism from India.

EA: and the doctor lives here, this is his family running around¿

JS, EA ask questions of Norbu about items in house ¿ begging bowl, bali, scriptures, incense.

40:25
Norbu: this is medicine for hypertension.

40:30
EA: this is medicine for hypertension??

Getting kids to quiet down¿
EA: why would there be medicine for hypertension in the shrine?

41:11
N: when Tibetan doctor make Tibetan medicine, normally collect medicinal herb. One of the herb from the sacred area or sacred mountain because that has more power ¿ spiritual power, to cure people. So this is like you know made of sacred plants, so this is also like sacred medicine.
EA: but¿
41:41
N: and also this if you put in the shrine, this can get a lot of power. You know, transfer the power.
EA: oh I see this is getting power, this isn't an offering, this is getting power from the shrine.
41:57

Kids yelling in BG

42:12- 42:24
N blowing on a conch.

42:31-42:40
N blowing on a conch.

EA: can you explain?
4243
the sound represents the sound of Buddha the founder of Buddhism, his name is sakamoni [?]. so represent his voice.
42:58

EA: is that medicine that he's made?
N: no this is from darom salah [?], it's written here.

Kids yelling.

JS asking about big baby bottle¿

EA: how long as the doctor lived here?
43:50
Chinese
N: forty years¿
Chinese
44:17
N: they moved down to this village forty years ago¿
Chinese
N: he spent 40 years in this place.

EA: where does he make his medicines and do his work?
44:31
Chinese
44:40
N: In Jongdian[?] in the town. Not here.

44:44
EA: and does he collect the plants for his medicines or does he get the plants from someone else?
44:50
Chinese
45:00
N: he collect by himself in the mountain

45:12
N: he doesn't trust the plant which are collected by people so he always went up to the mountain to collect by himself.
45:22

EA: but then he does what he does with it in jongdian.

Chinese
45:38
N: one thing, you can find the mashutaki, the mushrooms in the surrounding nature.

EA: tell him this is a beautiful house.
N: several other families also have the same style. Very beautiful he thinks. He can show us around.
46:10

EA: thank him for letting us be in the house.

JS: asks to see the drum.
46:35
Drum beating. [LdA adjusting levels]
46:55

EA: does the drum signify anything?
Chinese
47:35
N: normally he plays this when he's reading the scriptures, so he doesn't know why¿
Chinese
47:55
N: and normally it's not allowed to play like now, just to show people

Kids¿

48:50
engine noise
men speaking Chinese

JS, LdA, informal talking about solar heating.

49:49
kids bounding up stairs?
Door close

50:25
JS: so this is the main living area in here¿
Chinese¿

51:40
dog barking,
pigs snorting,
footsteps in hay?
Children's voices in BG

52:45
male and female voices speaking Chinese

54:15
car engine

54:30
children's voices in BG
car door slam
footsteps

55:17
faint music
male voices speaking Chinese

56:30
saw? In BG.
Children's voices.

57:02
female voice yelling in Chinese
saw
children's voices

57:35
Cars starting
Doors slamming.
Driving on gravel.
Engine running.
Yelling in Chinese.

58:55
drive off
honk

59:10
END OF TAPE

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