I have field recording envy. Daniel Grossman has recorded science stories in so many places on my travel list – Greenland, the Arctic, Madagascar, Mongolia…. I just might secretly stow away in his bags next time he leaves to report. Of course, the problem would be finding space.
Dan says he usually carries about fifty pounds of recording gear when he reports in remote locations. Much of it is back-up equipment because, as he says, anything can go wrong. Dan doesn’t ever want to be left unable to make quality recordings so he’s built a serious amount of redundancy into his set-up.
On this HowSound, Dan shares some of his favorite field recordings — calving glaciers, stick throwing howler monkeys, penguins, and elephant seals — along with his overseas reporting tips for gear and how to prepare.
Useful to know, no?
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And, while I’m on the subject of science, PRX recently launched the STEM Story Project. They’re eager to fund stories about science, technology, engineering, and math. Got a story idea along those lines up your sleeve? Then hurry because the deadline is April 22, 2013.