It was great to travel up into the mountains of North Carolina to Lake Lure this past week. We rented a wonderful cabin through Airbnb and invited some college friends up to join us. Our cabin was perfect and we particularly enjoyed sitting down by a creek behind our house that fed into Lake Lure. It was relaxing just to listen to the water falling over the rocks and catch up with old friends!
Lake Lure is a beautiful resort and I highly recommend it for a quiet vacation get-a-way!
If you're a movie buff, you might know that parts of the Patrick Swayze movie "Dirty Dancing" was filmed at Lake Lure.
It's a beautiful day in Wilmington, NC and this morning after grabbing a coffee from Port City Java I headed out to Riverlights which is a new community being developed off the Cape Fear River. Fortunately, it's only about 3 miles from my home and I love going out to listen to the birds and the water lapping up against the docks. There's just something very soothing and relaxing about the views and the sounds. I'm' probably going to go back out there around 5:30 pm this afternoon when the tide is low to be able to capture the seagulls and water birds making their music. They were pretty quiet this morning but yesterday around 5:30 pm they were singing away but I didn't have my gear.
I love that typically there aren't many people around so you can truly enjoy the quietness. I know that will change as summer draws near and the tourists arrive! Until then....I will enjoy this beautiful spot on God's creation!
Take a listen below:
In addition to a love for recording I enjoy photography. I love taking my camera along with me when I travel out to record various sounds. Unsplash is a great place to share photos and all photos are free to be downloaded and used. I'm happy to be a part of this community. Take a look at some of my photos.
This morning around 5:00 am I headed out to Brunswick County NC for the woods. My friend Dr. Jim Parnell, who is an Ornithologist and avid photographer & professor emeritus, University of North Carolina - Wlimington, took me out to record some wild turkey sounds. We set up in the woods for a good 2 hours in a small photo cabin he had built waiting for the Turkeys to gobble a bit. He was out yesterday morning and took the photo of the Turkey to your left and most likely it's the one that showed up for the show this morning. He was very active and gobbled a lot but unfortunately was just too far away for me to get some workable sounds. Oh well, maybe next time! It was nice to get into the woods and enjoy the smells and sights and I really enjoyed being with Dr. Parnell. As we were leaving he took me to a spot by the woods where there was a large piece of tin laying. He lifted it up and there were two beautiful copperhead snakes laying there. Fortunately, they didn't move but I was ready to bolt if they had moved just a little!
Happy to report that the sounds I created for Artist.IO are now live and available for sample or download. Check out the Public Transportation Announcements, Emergency Room Sounds, Prison Sounds and Police Arrest sounds. All created exclusively for Artist by Apple Hill Studios! We're anticipating a long relationship with Artlist with many more sounds waiting to be recorded and shared to the public.
Recently I added UVI's 8 Bit Synth to my library of instruments. This is a cool program with a ton of retro/vintage sounding patches. I've recorded a ton of sound effects this past week using it and several music tracks for children's educational/entertainment games. This is a fun and rewarding venue for me! The challenge is to keep the productions simple, catchy and kid friendly. Time to get creative....peace out!
Take a listen: Children's Video Game Fun (available soon on AudioJungle)
I have been working the last month or so on producing over 150 custom sounds for Israel based Artlist (with a final count of over 400 sounds). I was working specifically on Emergency sounds, Police sounds, Court sounds, Medical sounds, Cartoon sounds & TV/Announcer sounds. It was a ton of work but very enjoyable and it challenged my creativity which is always a good thing because it forces growth and knowledge. The sound effects industry is a fascinating field and I'm grateful everyday to be a part of it. Proud to be a contributor to Artlist's Sound Effects library. Check out my Author's page at Artlist. You can sample (& buy) a ton of my sounds on their site!
I made my very first recording back around 1968. I remember being astounded at being able to hear my voice played back instantly. The recorder was a small portable reel to reel tape recorder that belonged to one of my Uncles. The second time I recorded was with my school friend Jimbo Alexander who lived down the street from me. He brought over his portable reel to reel and we recorded my first song "Babe I Need You So". My sister Robin helped me write the lyrics. It was 1970 and I was in the 5th grade and had started my first band with Jimbo on bass guitar & our friend Jay Brinkley on drums. I was the guitarist & lead vocalist. The guitar was a Western Auto Del Ray acoustic guitar. We played that song over and over again and got to perform it for our entire 5th grade class at an end of the year party along with the song "Joy to the world" by Three Dog Night (which was popular at the time). I remember the feeling of being so scared but so excited to be in front of my peers performing those songs! Fun memories. Christmas 1972 was extra special because I got my first cassette tape recorder. I spent hours upon hours recording sound effects, songs, interviews and pretending to be a radio DJ (my dream at the time). I still have those tapes and get a kick out of hearing my little adolescent voice and the shenanigans I got into. And now I'm grateful that I'm able to continue to record my music and sounds and share them with the entire world - thanks to the "world wide web" and particularly AudioJungle.
I had a blast yesterday traveling to Burgaw, NC to record sounds at the Old Pender County Jail. The Jail is listed in the National Register of Historic Places: Burgaw Historic District. It was built in 1924 and operated as the jail house until 1979. Thanks to a friend I was able to get in touch with the town manager James Gantt. James along with Louis Hesse (who is the town building inspector with knowledge of how to use the various levers to open the jail doors) took me over and I was able to record some fabulous sound effects. The concrete floors and all the steel helped to make it a very reverbant space and the end product makes the doors closing sound bigger than life. Louis shared with me that years ago when the jail was in operation, some of the town teenage boys would sneak in and throw fire crackers in to scare the prisoners. I can only imagine how surprising and scary that must have been! Some of these sounds, including the sample below will be available for purchase on AudioJungle. To learn a little more about the Jail, check out this video from local TV WECT.
I'm excited & proud to be working with Nadav Presser & Artlist.io helping to build their sound effects catalog. Artlist, based out of Israel, is one of the world's largest online supplier of music tracks that cater toward the video/film market. They are putting lots of energy & effort into building their sound effects library. Currently, I'm enjoying producing various voice overs and cartoon effects for Artlist. We'll be branching out into lots of different categories in the near future. Stay tuned folks! More to come.
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