Listen now to an impromptu podcast where I share recordings of 26 species made in my own backyard on the morning of April 22, 2018. Such a wonderful celebration of sound!
During the winter, I busy myself with creative work in my studio but try to keep in touch with what is happening out in wild nature. For a long time, I’ve wanted to get a powerful “elemental” soundscape featuring winter wind blowing through pines or spruces, and on February 28 the opportunity to do just that came blowing my way.
Spring is just around the corner! Here in upstate New York, Jefferson’s Salamanders migrated less than a week ago, the woodpeckers are drumming like crazy and I heard a cardinal singing in my yard this very morning. How exciting this is … such a delicious taste of things to come!
Light rain falls upon an overgrown meadow shortly after sunrise. Rivulets wind across the clearing, draining away excess water from the receding storm. The sun, peeping through the clouds, throws a broad beam of light across the clearing as birds burst into song in excited anticipation of the coming day.
Hi Friends! I’ve just published Meltwater Melodies, an 11-minute binaural podcast recounting my visit to Oregon’s Cascade Mountains high country in mid-June of last year. My adventure only lasted a day, but I managed to snag a number of wonderful spacious recordings featuring various birds and frogs, along with the soothing sounds of meltwater brooks. You’ll hear songs and calls of the following, listed in the order of appearance: Hermit Thrush, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Crow, woodpecker drums, Varied Thrush, American Robin, Sierra Chorus Frog, Common Nighthawk, Dark-eyed Junco, and more.
Don your headphones and join me on a windy ridge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Experience and enjoy a soothing binaural immersion featuring a panoply of bird songs typical of high altitude spruce-fir forest in the southern Appalachians.
During all my travels, I’m constantly on the lookout (or rather, “earout”) for the most beautiful robin song. Over the years, I’ve gathered dozens of binaural soundscapes featuring this delicacy, and some are quite nice to behold. But I do believe that the song I recorded at Cranberry Glades Botanical Area in late May of the year 2000 is the finest of them all.
Here’s a lovely 6.5 minute soundscape that I just uncovered … two Wood Thrushes singing back-and-forth at dawn, recorded in hardwood forest at Land Between the Lakes Kentucky way back in 1995, about the time I began gathering binaural soundscapes. I rather like it and think it’s a powerful reminder of things to come (yep, SPRING is just around the corner, believe me!).
As an experiment in the realm of nature sounds and meditation, I just collaborated with meditation expert Allen Weiss who heads up Mindful USC, a mindfulness program at the University of Southern California. Allen trained with Buddhist practitioner Jack Kornfield, perhaps the most well-known proponent of mindfulness meditation in the United States. What we did is pretty simple. I took two of Allen’s guided meditations … “Nature and Open Awareness” and “Listening Deeply to Nature (Open Mind)” … and added background nature soundscapes …
Hi all! I have finally made the decision to re-boot my podcast and I’m considering my options. The long podcasts that I published near the beginning of my western trip last spring took way too long to produce … several days at the least. Given that I’m not being paid to create podcasts, I’m trying to figure out if there’s an easier way. In this post, I’m presenting one possibility, and that is to focus on “soundscape meditations,” providing brief narrated introductions followed by at least several minutes of “pure nature” …