AMAZON DREAMS celebrates the extraordinary soundscape heard deep in the Peruvian rainforest. By day, the towering forest is alive with the songs of tinamous, toucans, motmots, nunbirds, titi monkeys, and a host of other species, set against a rich backdrop of insect sounds. By night, the frogs and owls come into their own, gracing both forest and swamp with captivating, otherworldly sounds.
10 tracks, 83 mins. (Compact Disc Version available here)
Notes by Lang Elliott: In 2002, Ted Mack and I journeyed to the Amazon through a tour company affiliated with Project Amazonas. In early January, we flew to Lima and and then on to Iquitos, a bustling but isolated little city that is a trade center for native indians living downriver (the nearest “city” to the east is Manaus, Brazil, a whopping 1000 miles away!).
Boarding a small houseboat that reminded me of a king-sized African Queen, we motored downriver nearly 100 miles and then spent a week exploring three different forest reserves located along tributaries of the Amazon (see map below for our general location). This was the real thing, “Amazon Rainforest” at its best, pristine, unlogged, and full of wildlife. My only complaint was the humidity. I made the mistake of bringing cotton T-shirts that immediately became waterlogged with sweat whenever I set out on the trails (next time I’ll use space-age fabrics guaranteed to keep me dry).
Discomfort aside, Ted and I got beautiful recordings. Most of the time, we had no idea what bird or frog we were recording. While we’ve managed to identify many of the singers, others still remain a mystery, awaiting identification by some knowledgeable ornithologist or herpetologist who downloads this title! As for the plethora of insect musicians … who the heck could possibly identify them?
The recordings speak for themselves, or rather the rainforest creatures speak for themselves, and for the forest as a whole. Truly, there is nothing else like it on the face of the earth, and we should do everything possible to make sure it is not logged into oblivion.
Acknowledgment: Many thanks to ornithologist Devon Graham of Project Amazonas for helping us identify many of the bird and frog sounds. A well-rounded naturalist, Devon was the “bird expert” during our trip.
Title: Amazon Dreams
Type: Pure Nature Soundscapes (stereo/binaural)
Length: 10 tracks, 83 minutes
Format: MP3 (256kbps) and FLAC digital downloads, On-demand Compact Disc
Download File Name: amazon_dreams.zip (153 megabytes); amazon_dreams_flac.zip (503 megabytes)
Date Published: February 2013
Recordists: Lang Elliott and Ted Mack
Copyright: “Amazon Dreams” © 2013 Lang Elliott, Music of Nature, All Rights Reserved (note: each track is individually copyrighted by the person who recorded the track).
Cover Photos: toucan © Laura Erickson, background rainforest from Shutterstock