Dockside - 2/3/22

My day job is as a dock worker which involves operating some heavy machinery to allow boats of all sizes in and out. These machines make some cool sounds, so I recorded some of them.

'Bridgelift Blue' was recorded with a Rode nt4 from inside a single-leaf bascule bridge, 'Without Warning' was recorded with a pair of DPA 4060s dangled down into the inner body of one of the sluices of the lock. Both recordings have been substantially abridged.

Photograph by my colleague Robbie Stuart (who, incidentally, also operated the gates and sluices while I was recording - I can't recall who lifted the bridge).