Birds at Dawn

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BIRDS AT DAWN features ten uplifting dawn choruses from across eastern and central North America. Recordings have been selected for their pleasing combinations of sounds, which bring to mind the bursting forth of life in spring and the glorious concerts of nature at the dawning of the day. Perfect for playing softly in the background while you’re working, or at the beginning of each new day.

10 tracks, 70 mins. (Compact Disc Version available here)

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photo of Lang ElliottNotes by Lang Elliott: Putting together this collection of dawn choruses was no easy task. I waded through over a hundred recordings that I had gathered over the past twenty years. I also had Ted Mack and Wil Hershberger send me their best. Then I put my nose to the grindstone and selected only the ones I felt were excellent, recordings that are at once immersive, beautiful, engaging, and relaxing. I am pleased with the result. Featured are dawn choruses from wild places throughout the eastern half of North America, including New York, North Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and even Manitoba. The sounds of dozens of species are represented and some tracks include the gurgling of brooks. Set the volume to a low or moderate level and then sit back and enjoy the striking beauty of some of nature’s finest compositions.

Playback Volume: Play softly for an optimal effect. It is important to listen at a volume that is similar to what you would actually experience in nature … our native birds, gently caressing you with their music at dawn.

Product Details:
Title: Birds at Dawn
Type: Pure Nature Soundscapes (stereo/binaural)
Length: 10 tracks, 70 minutes
Format: MP3 (256kbps) and FLAC digital downloads, On-demand Compact Disc
Download File Name: birds_at_dawn.zip (130 megabytes); birds_at_dawn_flac.zip (386 megabytes)
Date Published: February 2013
Recordists: Lang Elliott, Ted Mack, and Wil Hershberger
Copyright: “Birds at Dawn” © 2013 Lang Elliott, NatureSound Studio, All Rights Reserved (note: each track is individually copyrighted by the person who recorded the track).

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  1. Allison says:

    These are so cool it sound’s like your there and “Birds at Dawn is very relaxing

  2. Robert says:

    Hi, wonderful album. I wonder, how do you recorded it. I mean, did you record each animal separatelly and then mix them all together?

  3. Robert says:

    I would like to ask you about first track 1. Kentucky Dawn (6:15). Was it recorded with one mic and only one recording? Or you recorded those birds separatelly (multitrack) and then mixed them all together?

    • Lang Elliott says:

      It is totally 100% natural, recorded with a single soundscape microphone setup. I do very little mixing when creating soundscapes. Most are 100% pure, as it occurred in nature.

      • Robert says:

        If each track is recorded without multitrack, with one mic, it is TOTALLY amazing :)

        What mic do you use?
        Since your recording is very clean, do you use software noise filtering ?

        • Lang Elliott says:

          Most of my soundscape recordings are made using a Stereo Ambient Sampling System (SASS) setup retrofitted for use with Sennheiser MKH20 omni mikes. I pioneered the use of this “converted” setup back in the mid-90s and now lots of nature soundscape recordists are using it. I edit using Wave Editor and also Izotope RX.

          As for noise reduction, I use it very carefully, primarily to reduce noisy “bands” in a recordings that might be caused by wind, a distant stream, etc. Noise reduction is tricky. Done wrongly, you’ll hear artifacts and other indications that you’ve messed with the recording. My preference is to record when it is “dead calm,” which means you won’t hear the whooshy-ness that becomes apparent even when there are light winds.

          I never “filter” in a conventional sense, which means rolling off certain frequencies to reduce noise, along with desired content. That used to be the only option. Modern noise reduction algorithms sample background noise and then lower it without reducing the actual content, or at least that’s what the aim is. Noise reduction can improve a recording for sure, but you need to be very careful when using it.

  4. Charlotte. says:

    Hi, sorry for the repeat but NVDA, my screen reader was being ridiculous!
    Hi Lang,
    I really enjoy this album. it has my favorite birds; carolina chickadees, red-winged blackbirds, eastern towhee, etc, on it. Hoping for one with frogs on soon; american toads, cope’s gray treefrogs, green frogs mainly. Green treey frogs scare me. Don’t know why. I would also love to see one with daytime anual cicadas on; scissor-grinders, robinsobinson’s northern dusk-singing, swamp ETC…
    Not to be demanding of course and please forgive me if I come across that way…Brooks album will be the next one I get. Oh and did I love the meadow one? It’s beautiful…

  5. charlotte.com says:

    I really enjoy this album. it has my favorite birds; carolina chickadees, red-winged blackbirds, eastern towhee, etc, on it. Hoping for one with frogs on soon; american toads, cope’s gray treefrogs, green frogs mainly. Green treey frogs scare me. Don’t know why. I would also love to see one with daytime anual cicadas on; scissor-grinders, robinsobinson’s northern dusk-singing, swamp ETC…
    Not to be demanding of course and please forgive me if I come across that way…Brooks album will be the next one I get. Oh and did I love the meadow one? It’s beautiful…

  6. Gosto Vik says:

    it’s really relaxing.Thanks to God who created this nature and hope man don’t destroy it

  7. Terry says:

    I’ve been listening to it while it’s been snowing here. Nice to have the promise of spring in a snowstorm, even while I watch the birds come to my feeder. I’m really enjoying it, thank you!

    • Lang Elliott says:

      Thank you Terry. I agree that it is nice to have the “promise of spring,” either in the air outside or else indoors. We too were having a snowstorm in the morning. When I went outdoors, I heard a woodpecker drumming that promise into the snowflakes.

  8. Terry says:

    I’m excited to finally see you make these available. I can finally retire my old “Dawn Chorus” tape. This is a birthday gift to myself! I’m looking forward to listening to this in my morning meditation. The only hard part is deciding what I will get next! I see you have one with whippoorwills on it, a sound I miss hearing where I live on Cape Cod, although they still occur in Truro. I’m looking forward to hearing that in the future. Thanks for making these available.

    • Lang Elliott says:

      Thank you Terry. Let me know what you think. I crafted “Birds at Dawn” to provide a relaxing background ambience, given that you don’t play the recordings too loudly. One title I will be adding in the months to come will be “Voices of the Night.” I’m sure you’ll like that one because it will feature the songs of a number of nightjars, including our favorite the whip-poor-will.

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