Autumn Trek – A binaural podcast celebrating my brief trip to Land Between the Lakes KY in mid-October. Please wear headphones!
Land Between the Lakes (see map below) is one of my favorite nature recording destinations. I’ve visited many times over the last 25 years and I’m always amazed by the richness of the soundscapes.
In mid-October of 2019, I traveled to western Kentucky to see and hear what happens there in the autumn. I wasn’t expecting much, aside from insect choruses and occasional bird sounds. So you can imagine my surprise as an abundance of sounds came flowing my way, one after the other, from an impressive variety of birds, insects, frogs and mammals.
In my Autumn Trek podcast, I share my listening adventures during the first portion of my visit, from my arrival late one afternoon until the wee hours of the following morning. While my second day was also full of wonderful sound experiences, especially a relaxing late evening thunderstorm, I decided not to expand my podcast to include that material, for fear there would simply be too many recordings for the average listener to digest (don’t worry … I plan to share the thunderstorm and another long ambient soundscape in another post, hopefully sometime soon).
Note: The recordings featured in this post are “3D binaural soundscapes”. Please wear headphones for a profound listening experience that will make you think you’re actually out there, immersed in the natural world!
For those whole would like to hear recordings without narration, here are my favorites:
Land Between The Lakes
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Wow, listening to autumn trek was spine chilling when I heard the coyote chorus, I imagined myself tenting with that going on!! Awesome!
I just loved this recording and your narration and am SO GLAD YOU ARE BACK! These are the most beautiful sounds in the world! Thank you!
Rebecca: Glad to learn that you like my podcast! I love my work because whenever I explore the wilds with my trusty soundscape mic, I am sure to encounter, as you say, “the most beautiful sounds in the world.”
Thanks, Lank, this is just marvelous, so inspirational. It took me right into the woods and allowed me to be there.
Hi Lang, it’s been forever and a day. i would not have guessed that to be woodpecker calls. my first guess, a crow. i hear woodpeckers pecking away throughout the summer, fall seasons and from time to time, they visit my back porch during winter months eating away at the bird seed. it’s interesting to see how they perch on a back porch rail.
Lorraine: The sharp “peek” calls are made by the woodpecker, while the loud throaty “caws” are from a crow. Both species sound off in that clip.
Always love your recordings and enjoy the narration!
Such a fascinating recording and narrative. I really appreciate your extensive knowledge of nature and who makes which sounds. So much to learn! I will definitely listen again.
Lovely to have you “back,” sharing your exquisite work!
… and, though not affiliated in any way with Lang’s app, I highly recommend it — it is also an exquisite work, with dozens of beautiful, looped sound environments. One of only a few apps that always travel with me!
Antony: Glad to hear you like my app. It’s doing fairly well in the marketplace; definitely not a flop. Of course, it definitely helped to have Apple feature it in their App Store on Earth Day last year.
So happy to listen!
You are amazing!! Thank you for a beautiful gift. Happy New Year!
Marvelous! Thanks so much.
Glad that you liked it!
I greatly enjoy this marvellous recording! Very surprising! Thank you very much Lang! Happy new year, Constance
Happy New Year to you Constance!
So delighted to find another podcast from you, Lang! I can’t believe all of this nocturnal activity! And the sounds of beavers… who knew?! I’m so impressed that you can identify everyone’s voice in the grand chorus! I live in the Pacific Northwest (near Olympia, WA) and I loved hearing some of my familiar friends in the music! Thank you for your beautiful work!
You’re welcome Melissa. But rest assured I do run into sounds I can’t identify. Also, you might not be aware that I’m high frequency deaf and can’t hear high-pitched bird and insect songs. To overcome this, I co-developed a special listening device that takes the high sounds and lowers them into a range where my hearing is normal. The device allows me to track down creatures I would otherwise not hear, and get recordings to share with others who have normal hearing.
I would love to just hear the ambient sounds and not the narration.
Susanne: Just for you … I’ve added a playlist featuring some of the best recordings from the podcast, without narration, You may be interested to know that I often wonder if creating podcasts is worth my effort. They are very difficult to produce (technically speaking) and usually take more than a week to put together. It’s without doubt MUCH easier for me to post individual recordings. In light of this, I’ve actually decided not to produce any new podcasts for the time being, simply because of the huge time commitment, plus there being no easy way to get compensated for… Read more »
I was really surprised at the beaver sounds. Glad you explained what that was; I would not have guessed.
I sure wish I knew what the moans actually mean. As humans, we tend to interpret them as embodying an element of sadness, but I don’t think that’s the case, at least most of the time.
Thank you…you have given a real gift with this recording. My soul feels nourished!
That’s what’s it all about … nourishing one’s soul and lifting one’s spirit.
Wow. They power of those opening wolf howls is some of the finest recordings I’ve heard. Do you, Lang, have wind recordings?
Joe: Yes, I have some great wind recordings that I’ll be posting. Just a week ago, I recorded wind gusting through a red oak here in my yard. The tree still has an abundance of leaves, so you’ll hear the crackling of leaves when the wind picks up. I’ll see if I can post that one sometime soon.
I was so pleased to see a new podcast pop up on my subscription. Thank you so much! It was LOVELY.
Glad to hear that you like it!