I'd like to share a win I had today in recording wind.
I took a Coleman camping air mattress, filled it brimming full of air, and let it deflate by opening it up and placing a 5 pound weight on top of it to keep a steady flow of air.
I got about a minute of time to work with a constant flow of air without any extraneous noise because it was inside my floating record room and it didn't require any fans or anything.
What I got was custom-made air flow sounds by using different objects to obstruct the air stream I created - paper, glass cups, my hands, etc. etc. etc. I then took this detailed wind and layered it on top of a wide ORTF recording of "air" in a forest or desert, and I got a realistic exactly-the-sound-I-had-pre-visualized-in-my-mind and it worked perfectly for the scene I needed an extra little something for. (and it didn't have any birds or cars or planes in it so it could be featured in the mix!)
This is probably also a cool way to create custom wooshes and pitched-down eerie wind sounds.
Thought I'd let you guys know - it works very well IMHO.
I also didn't know how else to tell you guys because I don't have a blog as I don't think a blog written by me would be that interesting...