Range Creek
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Photos: Recording the sounds of the West

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University of Utah researcher Jeff Rice sets up sound-recording equipment in the early-morning hours at Range Creek. > > > Audio slide show (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Just before dawn in a remote stretch of Utah wilderness, archivist Jeff Rice captures the sounds of crickets and the nearby creek.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Jeff Rice’s equipment includes Sennheiser microphones, a Sound Devices 50-gig recorder and plenty of cable. He got the idea for the sound archive after working as a radio journalist. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Wild turkeys in cottonwood trees at Range Creek. Utah and the Southwest are prized by recordists.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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The archive has recordings of 90% of the birds — including hummingbirds — in Western states. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Jeff Rice records wild turkeys at dawn in Range Creek, Utah. He’s in constant search of sounds without the interference of man-made noise.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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