REA015 features a unique collection of Los Angeles ambiences from guest contributor, Charles Maynes. Charles is an accomplished Sound Designer and Recordist.
REA015 LA Underground is all about grit and the unseen. Charles describes his recent infatuation with underbelly of Los Angeles:
I found myself interested in recording ambiences in really seedy/unsafe places downtown that made me think of some of my favorite LA crime dramas namely, Billy Friedkin’s “Too Live and Die in LA”, and Michael Mann’s films, “Heat” and “Collateral”. I found the locations for all those films to be an incredible juxtaposition of the common sunny depiction of Los Angeles which draws so many tourists… well, those tourists probably don’t go to these places….
Technical Note from Charles: All files were recorded with a Sound Devices 744T, and a MS mic rig using the Oktava MK012, and its figure of eight adaptor. The mid mic was either a cardiod, or hypercardiod. The only processing used was volume adjustments to matrix the signals to L/R stereo. No EQ or any other processing was used.