sound effects recording for the Stuka Siren in DunkirkRichard King had been experimenting with sirens at home, striving to recreate the classic, terrifying dive-bombing siren sound of the German Stuka planes of WWII. things quickly got too loud for the neighborhood, so he declared it a field recording mission, and we took it out to one of my favorite desert recording areas. after a day of experimenting with different perspectives, we felt the need to make it sound more complex and chaotic. on this session, we focused on using various resonators that the siren could physically activate, hoping it would induce a more gnarly, out of control vibration. on the way to our location, i had scoured the esert for junk piles, and found this wonderful 55 gallon drum. we put the siren on the solid end, as well as inside the drum, and i mic'd the drum in a few different places, as well as the siren itself. this was the breakthrough we needed! it really helped take the sound from that of a fire engine to a more beastly WWII aircraft fuselage.