Toronto Stealth Ambience

Toronto ambience surround recording

Following my recording sessions from New York, Chicago and Philadelphia; I wandered into the city of Toronto in ultra cold winter and snow, I focused mainly on interior public spaces.
It is such a mixed city, with many communities from all around the world.

Arriving in the city was not easy since there was a snow storm all along the road.

Using my SSS Technique (Stealth Surround System),

I finally got into shops, groceries, cafes, undergrounds, malls, subway, streetcars, recreation centers, hotels, …

It’s a long process, where I needed to find the right spot, with good open angles from the variety of sound sources, people, or other noises. Not too close or too far, with good stereo imaging, and a long enough time without disturbances, music, or unwanted noises.

On top of that, it’s always tricky to stay still for few minutes without getting noticed, so it is great to pretend doing something on this particular spot (for example, waiting for someone, or reading something on the phone, or looking at the map, or just being in awe for a supposed touristic landmark). In most cases, the action evolves and people move, so it needs a lot of adaptation on the spot.

It is so rare that the recording unfolds smoothly the way I wish it should. It is a good exercise for nerves, working on patience and tolerance.
And if it doesn’t work in one place maybe it would in another place….

exterior at the zoo …

Northern Forest from this January

northern forest

Along with last year winter trip, I went few days this year near Saint Michel-des-Saints and saint-Zenon in the Laurentian forest.

I went around snowy trails in traditional snowshoes

SnowShoes

I was able to record a lot of footsteps sounds in the snow with or without snowshoes.

Recording Winter Soundscape

I mostly tried to capture the typical winter soundscape in the forest, which is mostly based on the absence of sound 🙂
Snow being a natural sound absorber, it feels really empty being out there, although at times distant birds call and tweets resonate through a forest and echoes on hills: the show of Nature.

Cod Winter Nature

trees in winter