I haven't tended to my blog in a while due to various events such as daily work and moving home, so here's a quick post and a free recording.
Today I went out to get some yogurt and as always I grabbed my backpack with the PCM D100 in it. Walking on the Union Canal I first heard quite a racket and then saw billowing smoke coming from one of the boats that usually just floats there tied to posts.
It turns out the boat's owner, Ian Armstrong, had just started its engine for the first time in 14 years. We're talking about a two cylinder Diesel engine that was built around 1971 and sounded absolutely monstrous. Getting closer I also noticed sparks and flames coming off the exhausts which along with the racket did an excellent job of scaring away any birds and people in the area.
I wasn't going to miss such an occasion so I took out my trusty D100 and pressed record as soon as I got near. Between trying to escape the smoke cloud and answering Ian's questions I managed to record a good 4 minutes of deafening action. Here are the best bits in 24/96 quality with added metadata as usual: