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Field Recording in Nepal

In spring 2018 I went on a 2-week field recording trip to Nepal to record high altitude mountain winds, forests, cities, villages and other characteristic soundscapes.

Field Recording nepal himalaya David kamp studiokamp city waking up

We began our trip in Patan, the second largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu. Embedded below is an early morning rooftop recording of the city waking up.

Field Recording nepal himalaya David kamp studiokamp city wide night
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At night we heard a surprising chorus of hundreds of stray and domestic dogs echoing throughout the city. Listen to it below.

Field Recording nepal himalaya David kamp studiokamp forest wide

Forests

We proceeded to explore the forest regions Hisharu and Kimrung. These dense rhododendron and bamboo forests are home to a huge variety of wildlife, including various bird species, apes and yaks.

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Field Recording nepal himalaya David kamp studiokamp forest

The sound recording below was made at the perimeter of an open meadow in the forest at midday.

Field Recording nepal himalaya David kamp studiokamp forest river

Throughout the forest, I recorded many different rivers, streams, and waterfalls from different perspectives.

Field Recording nepal himalaya David kamp studiokamp forest lake recording
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Himalaya Mountains

As we hiked to higher altitudes, the soundscape became increasingly silent; there were few animals and insects around and man-made sounds were rare.

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Field Recording nepal himalaya David kamp studiokamp peak

At around 4000m altitude in our camp at Kophra mountain, the sound of icy winds blowing across the mountaintop was the only audible sound for hours.

Surrounded by absolute silence, I managed to record the isolated sound of hail hitting the wooden structure of an abandoned shelter.

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Our experienced guide Dil Gurung knew the region very well and was a great help on the trip.

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