Alleroed, Denmark (October 20, 2015)—Artist, composer and lecturer Daniel Blinkhorn recently took along DPA d:dictate 4006A microphones when travelling through Africa to capture the continent’s soundscapes. Blinkhorn’s projects entail “creative works of all kinds, using instruments, sound installations, film sound, fixed-media and acousmatic music, and plenty of sound design.” For this project, he recorded in the field in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Zanzibar and the Côte d’Ivoire.
“A key reason why I chose DPA microphones was familiarity,” he explains. Amber Technology, DPA’s Australian distributor, recommended and supplied the mics. “Not only had I used them in places throughout Svalbard in the winter time, Alaska and Australia at the height of summer, really putting their ability to function in extreme heat and cold to the test, but I knew that many of the places I would be visiting encompassed expansive distances. This made the choice of microphone even more critical. With the DPA d:dictate 4006As I could take full advantage of the lower frequency capacities when recording from further afield.”
“Precision is very important to me when I’m recording in the field as I am attempting to capture all manner of nuance, depth and gradation of sound. Neutrality is also important and the DPAs provided a clean, responsive, highly articulate, zero coloration to the field recordings. Natural acquisition of materials is paramount, and the mics performed faultlessly in a variety of complex auditory environments.”