MEADOW PASTORALE celebrates the uplifting springtime soundscapes of meadows, grasslands, overgrown fields, and associated hedgerows, ponds, and forest edges. You’ll hear the songs of meadowlarks, bluebirds, sparrows, bobolinks, blackbirds, bobwhites, and more … angelic avian musicians that give voice to pastoral landscapes throughout North America.
9 tracks, 78 min. (Click Here to order Compact Disc Version)
Notes by Lang Elliott: Humans love to look out upon open areas flush with tall grasses, interrupted here and there by hedgerows and forest patches. Our pastoral landscapes are inherently restful and their natural soundscapes are but extensions of their “open” and “expansive” theme. As a recordist, I noticed early-on that birds of meadows and prairies mostly sing in the higher range. Some are quite musical (eg. Eastern Meadowlarks), while others masquerade as insects, at least in terms of their buzzing or chirping high-pitched songs (eg. Grasshopper Sparrow & Henslow’s Sparrow). This collection of recordings was truly a pleasure to select and edit. The diversity is striking. Some were recorded in small, brambly meadows surrounded by forest, while others come from prairie grasslands where shrubs and trees are scarce. But all are overflowing with sound, as if the grasses themselves are exhaling joyous music into the air. I cannot help but think of these soundscapes as “symphonies” or “choirs” whose choristers join together in unreserved celebration of life and the heavenly sky above.
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 meadow choristers whispering sweet music into your ears.
Title: Meadow Pastorale
Type: Pure Nature Soundscapes (stereo/binaural)
Length: 9 tracks, 78 minutes
Format: MP3 (256kbps) and FLAC digital downloads, On-demand Compact Disc
Download File Name: meadow_pastorale.zip (143 megabytes); meadow_pastorale_flac.zip (427 mb)
Date Published: February 2013
Recordists: Lang Elliott, Ted Mack, and Wil Hershberger
Copyright: “Meadow Pastorale” © 2013 Lang Elliott, Music of Nature, All Rights Reserved (note: each track is individually copyrighted by the person who recorded the track).
Cover Photos: eastern meadowlark © Brian Small, background meadow scene © Wil Hershberger