I asked this question to Tim from Music of Sound, and he was very helpful. But I wanted to open it up to discussion here as well.
In cases where permission is required to record at a location, I have a hard time getting people who have never heard of field recording to understand what I’m trying to do.
For instance I was trying to record a chanting session at a buddhist center and the only thing they would say to me was “we have CDs of chanting that you can buy if you want to hear it” 🙂
I’m plenty polite but people seem to be suspicious, or confused. People are used to cameras, but not microphones.
Do you find yourself in these situations? Any tips on overcoming this obstacle?
It’s always tricky.
I like stealth recording (using gear/microphones that can be concealed in a shoulder bag or the like), but while you might be able to get the sounds you want, you’ll have to be very sensitive to what is ethical in the situation. If a buddhist center is selling cd’s of their chanting – how would they feel about you butting in on their business? Always try to asses if the situation you record could in any way reasonably be claimed to have commercial value to any people in it – or if you are violating anyone’s privacy by releasing your recordings.
It can be very difficult though.