Video: Kirk McDowall - Kamloops Raw

Aug 21, 2013 at 14:39
by Absolute Cinema  

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Kirk McDowall is like the under-the-radar mountain biking version of Ryan Gosling in each of his movies. The guy likes to ride his motorcycle, flip his blonde hair over to one side and carry out conversations using as few words as possible. The 22-year-old has been quietly ascending the ranks for the past few years, and you can also usually find him on a podium on the Northwest Cup circuit, and more recently, climbing past alot of big names on the World Cup results sheets.

We decided we wanted to strip everything away and just let the riding do the talking in the first piece of a string of videos coming out over the rest of the year. With Kirk, we spent a few days at Harper Mountain in late July to have fun and get loose on the hot and dusty trails that Kamloops is partially renowned for, and focus on creating something that was definitely a little bit different.



Kamloops is hot as hell in July, but the allure of traction-less dust and rocks is apparently tantalizing to downhillers. Sunshine in the trees has the reverse effect on filmers, but we did our best to make it work by leaving the hottest (and spottiest) parts of the day open for relaxing around nearby Paul Lake, which was in full tourist fury at this point in the Summer.

In order to capture an accurate representation of each section of the trail, we suited Kirk up with a custom-rigged "braudio" device using some bungee cords, electrical tape and a conveniently uncovered motocross chest plate which we could all Macgyver together. By the end of the audio recordings, it was safe to say that Kirk had a newfound respect for female athletes and their ability to perform carrying that extra baggage up front.

Kirk gets used to his new microphone-bra before running a few laps to capture the necessary audio.
  Kirk getting used to his new "braudio" device


Harper is fun, fast and rowdy. With the Summer coming soon to a close (sorry), the dust will soon be settling and the clouds returning to block out the sun. That being said, fall riding in BC is quite possibly the best, so we'll be looking forward to some more rides and epic sunsets.

Kirk pounding through a pocket of late afternoon sunshine on the fast and loose trails on Harper Mountain for his episode of Over the Edge.

Words, Photos and Video by Liam Mullany
Absolute Zero Cinema
absolutecine.com

Over the next several months on Pinkbike, we'll be releasing many more short "Over The Edge" episodes through the EpicTV channel highlighting different riders, locations and stories around BC. Stay tuned for everything that we're working on!
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96 Comments

  • + 137
 Anyone know the song name?
  • + 12
 "Natures bliss!"
  • + 7
 Lyrics pls
  • + 10
 ching ching ching cling cling cling
  • + 13
 Click, click, clang, clonk, rumble, zoom, vroom, roar, grunt. Cant wait for the remix!
  • + 1
 Loved it!
  • + 2
 So unique, I want MORE videos like this
  • + 0
 All ready been done. Kirt Voreis NWD 10
  • + 5
 @GaryC so has music, in every video, ever.
  • + 61
 Imagine that, actually hearing the riding in a riding video. Awesome. So much better than the regurgitated electro-pop dubstep dance garbage we usually get. If it ain't metal, this is what it should be.
  • + 10
 should make a remix of the raw sound
  • - 24
flag Loony0 (Aug 21, 2013 at 21:05) (Below Threshold)
 would have been even better if they never added wind over the top of the original audio, so much for it being an edit just using the raw videos... lol
  • + 27
 That was real wind homie. Except for the slow motion sections, we added some ambient tones behind that or else it just wouldn't have worked, but we were rolling with a binaural microphone which captures "3D Sound" the way the ears hear it.
  • - 22
flag Loony0 (Aug 21, 2013 at 21:10) (Below Threshold)
 haha it was the slow-mo sections I was talking about.
  • + 20
 get out
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flag jackmackenzie95 (Aug 22, 2013 at 3:31) (Below Threshold)
 Raw is fucking boring, metal is just as bad... There's nothing wrong with electro you fogey
  • + 5
 Amen mtloldskooler the garbage music they have been putting on these videos makes me mostly not even bother watching them, or at least muting them.
  • + 3
 Run it on mute too! Need some decent tunes like pantera or priest to liven things up, even billy idol would do...
  • + 2
 well why don't some of you critics pump out some edits that PB will feature in their feed! Oh wait....
  • + 12
 Extended carbon copy of Kirt Voreis' segment from NWD10. And that's a compliment - I loved this one !
  • + 2
 Haha I was just thinking the same thing, that was such a sick segment!
  • + 9
 Somebody get this guy a clutch derailleur.
  • - 4
flag norcaljedi (Aug 22, 2013 at 8:05) (Below Threshold)
 no.. some one get this guy some mastic tape to quiet up all that chainslap I was hearing..the is no need for a clutch derailleur if you know how to set a bike up properly..
  • + 3
 haha and i thought "well, that bike is quite compared to my own" Big Grin
  • + 2
 seriously - mastic, bike tube, something... it just sounds all clapped out. Would drive me nuts.
  • + 1
 Yeah, I've an old orange patriot spanners in a biscuit tin!
  • + 8
 Biking horror movies?? Yes please. Bloody good riding.
  • + 5
 very nice , nothing compares to the sound of "bike on trail" , check out DISORDER 10 ; Kirt Voreis section was raw sound .
  • + 5
 Beat me to it Smile Gotta love this section...

www.pinkbike.com/video/210440
  • + 3
 Someone should turn off the fast forward on that cut. Holy crap that's fast! My kind of riding! Awesome cut, leaving out the music was genius! Really allows you to focus on the riding being done with distraction.
  • + 2
 Yes! It was really cool to see a whole edit in mostly real time with real sounds. It helps to hear where people are braking and skidding and just letting loose. As much as I like music to help me relate to some videos and get me stoked this one just plain gets me stoked because I feel like I'm right there. Good work fellas!
  • + 1
 Kirk McDowall rides brakeless. True story.
  • + 6
 I love this planete.
  • + 5
 Could do with a clutch mech
  • + 1
 Love this video, this is what it's all about! Dudes who ride with music in are missing out on the song of the trail...and it's a beauty. The sounds of nature, and your bike; even your own breathing are all part of the experience, and not one to be missed!
  • + 3
 The only noise I love more than the sounds of my bike is women screaming my name, but that doesn't ever happen
  • + 1
 Brilliant! I luv bike sounds. Would have preferred to have some of the mike placement on the trail. I can see a progression of this type of filming. Very innovative . like it!
  • + 3
 Cool, but you definitely see how song choice affects the overall vibe of the video on the whole...
  • + 8
 *or lack of. Still think this was really cool
  • + 4
 its nice to see a vid w/o music sometimes, cool concept
  • + 0
 yea, chain slappin' is the best background sound ever
  • + 1
 –ěh, I liked this so much. No music is pure awesomness. Looking forward to see this trend in other edits. I also enjoyed Specialized vidz from WC, you can notice they don't use music too.
  • + 2
 I would rather hear the sound of a bike articulating, and tires gripping than %90 of the tripe pawned off as soundtracks.
  • + 2
 VOD love the sound, transports me into the moment more than a song ever could
  • + 0
 Nice,all videos sould be like this,hearing the noise shows you what light speed he is traveling at and you can still listen to ur own tunes instead of the same crap songs people put on videos.Ban music edits on videos now.
  • + 1
 Impressive camera work. That gear change at around 1:50 -- no matter how many times you had to film and edit to get that, totally worth it.
  • + 1
 shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit......................shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat holy shit that was fast!
  • + 1
 lmfao @ if it ain't metal this is what it outta be.We definitely would call people screaming @ the tops of their voices enjoyable.
  • + 1
 that was sooo impressive! getting a real good audio on that kind of edits is pretty unique and some how refreshing! makes it way more thrilling! more, more, more!
  • + 1
 I like the soundtrack. Waiting for times when rolling tires instead of a bouncing chain will be the loudest.
  • + 1
 Nice work Liam. Great colour and I especially liked the slider/jib shots. What were you using for those?
  • + 1
 Dude, that bike is too noisy, you just woke me up! Cut that chain in half! Jezzzzzzzz zzzz zzz zzz zzz Cool video
  • + 1
 First off + 1 @ sccnit. Secondly it's about time. Thirdly this vid pretty much sums it up. Very well done.
  • + 1
 That was very cool, he is rippin' it! I loved seeing and hearing the chain move on the cassette!
  • + 1
 So Nice. That Voreis section is an all time fave. Maybe put the mike behind him to cut down on wind noise distortion?
  • + 1
 if you guys ever ride there, call mostly mental shuttles. they can shuttle you all day there for a really good price.
  • + 1
 Love the natural sounds that we all usually hear when we ride ! Music is good, but not always!!!!
  • + 1
 much better than the usual shit music they put with these videos, oh and the gear change sounds very nice indeed!
  • + 3
 Amazing. Simply awesome
  • + 3
 this guys my neighbour
  • + 1
 Awesome video but you should consider getting a shadow plus or clutch deralieur
  • + 2
 Go ride gnarcroft with that thing!
  • + 1
 Was the clutch switched off, noisiest bike Ive heard for a bit, but the riding was sic!
  • + 1
 Nice Riding! If my bike sounded that "Clanky" i'd be on the wrenches.
  • + 1
 Now that was a good vid !
  • + 1
 Kirk+Kamloops+absolute zero=some sick shit
  • + 1
 I wish more videos had this raw trail noise component to it
  • + 1
 Great cinematography, with alreet riding. Sound, in other words.
  • + 2
 David Lynch.
  • + 2
 haulin ass
  • + 2
 Perfect, just perfect.
  • + 2
 Rien a dire de plus! parfait juste parfait!
  • + 1
 thee music really made this edit sick
  • + 2
 epic footage!!
  • + 1
 That was actually cool. No sound kept my attention the whole time.
  • + 1
 Haulin ass! Stunned!as an audio engineer it gave me goosebumps.
  • + 1
 Super concept. Finally realistic riding noises in an edit Smile
  • + 1
 fuckin pinned!!!! loved it. great work. great feel. gave me goosebumps
  • + 1
 I live up here.
  • + 0
 This is why I enjoy the Raw DH footage from the WC on VitalMTB
  • + 1
 VODVODBODVODVODVODVOD
  • + 1
 Brilliant!!!!
  • + 1
 I like it
  • + 1
 so sick!
  • - 1
 so stoked on this video but i would really love to see kona stinkys make a comeback please
  • + 3
 Whats with you and Stinkys anyways?
  • - 2
 they are my favorite bike ive always ridden one they are just the best
  • + 1
 I live in paul lake
  • + 1
 Stunning Smile
  • + 1
 Kirt Voreis, NWD 10.
  • + 0
 ah you beat me to it!
www.pinkbike.com/video/210440
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