Amsterdam Recording Locations
- Ann Frank House.
Amsterdam is ideal for field-recording, they have endless amounts of benches scattered around. You can sit uninterrupted for hours recording. Another bonus is the near total absence of cars and lorries around the city centre. I spent about an hour, sat on a bench recording about 50 metres along from the Ann Frank house. It is for obvious reasons an area very popular with tourists, none of whom were particularly interested in what I was doing.
- The Rembrandt House Museum
A great place to sit and record the sounds of the waterways. I sat on a bench a short distance from an old wooden bridge. I loved rattle of the bikes over the cobbles, their bells alerting pedestrians to leap out of the way. The cyclists are inevitably texting or emailing as they ride.
This is an amazing museum, a little like London’s Tate Modern; though better (I love Tate Modern, so that is really saying something). I sat outside for quite a long time, recording people walking past, trams, buses, cars, birds. There’s quite a wide concrete overhang that keeps the rain off, and adds a really nice reverb to the recordings.
- The Rijksmuseum
This is another fantastic museum. There’s a covered/vaulted walkway through the centre of the museum, leading from the park to the main road. There were some amazing buskers playing there that I managed to record, plus hundreds of bikes whizzing through over the cobbles.