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Hi Friends! Welcome to my Music of Nature blog, an ever-growing collection of free online articles, place-based celebrations, audio postcards, photo and video studies, musings and more … all created in celebration of the voices of the natural world.

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Wolf Mountain

Wolf Mountain

While I’ve recorded in wild areas across North America for over 30 year, there is one species I’ve had trouble documenting … the Gray Wolf. Until last week, I had only managed to capture one recording of this timid and elusive mammal… the distant howls of a lone individual sounding off in the middle of the night in the White Mountains of Arizona …

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Aravaipa Dreamer

Aravaipa Dreamer

I cannot tell a lie … I am the Aravaipa Dreamer. Day in, day out, I dream of being in Aravaipa Canyon, one of my favorite places on Planet Earth. And now it appears my dreams will come true. In early March, I will be embarking on a three-month nature recording expedition to the Southwest …

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Coyote Moon

Coyote Moon

While sifting through recordings yesterday, I came across my all-time favorite coyote outburst, captured shortly before dawn in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, back in 2011. I was with fellow recordist Ted Mack. We set up camp at the Cade’s Cove campground, but didn’t retire after dark like all the other campers. Instead, we rushed off to hike the 10-mile loop road (which is closed at night for cars), stopping here and there in hopes of recording something interesting. We were not disappointed …

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Busy as a Beaver

Busy as a Beaver

Early last autumn, I recorded the sounds of a beaver colony that had taken up residence in a nearby wetland. My venture was a success. Not only did I capture the scraping, chewing and moaning sounds of the beaver, I also documented periodic visits by barred owls, their resonant hoots echoing across the landscape.

Although I’m happy with my recordings, a drama was unfolding that concerned me … a drought had nearly dried up the wetland, forcing the colony to move upstream to the last remaining section with water. In what appeared to be a frantic bid to avoid catastrophe, the beaver quickly built a new dam, constructed a new den, and then began deepening the channel by shoving large amounts of mud on to the banks … clearly a “last-ditch effort” to preserve their aquatic environment.

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Winter Rain

Winter Rain

Happy New Year 2021! After nearly a year of ignoring my blog (a break I sorely needed), I’m jumping back into it, with the goal of posting regularly in the weeks and months to come. To commemorate the new year with nature sounds, I spent a number of hours attempting to record light rain falling in an oak woods, the raindrops splatting against compressed leaves and patches of snow. Altogether I’m quite happy with the result …

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The Wat’ry Mirror – A Celebration of Water Striders

The Wat’ry Mirror – A Celebration of Water Striders

Not long ago, I became entranced by Water Striders inhabiting a small brook … the remarkable shadows they cast on the bottom of pools, the bright “starburst” reflections where their feet touch the water, and the wonderful play of light on the water’s surface when they skitter here and there.

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Autumn Trek Podcast

Autumn Trek Podcast

Join Lang on an autumn nature recording expedition to Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky, where you will enjoy the howls and yips of coyotes, the hoots of and screams of barred owls, and much more.

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Nature Sounds for Relaxation

Nature Sounds for Relaxation

This playlist features spacious, ambient binaural 3D nature recordings carefully chosen for relaxation, meditation and stress relief. Please listen using headphones or earbuds.

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Southward Bound 2019

Southward Bound 2019

Now that spring has come to upstate New York, I’ve decided to drive south toward heat and mosquitoes. Go figure … sometimes I do just the opposite of what a “normal” person would do …

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Spring Is Here!

Spring Is Here!

Last Thursday, we had a brief warm and rainy spell. Although way too early in the season for amphibian activity here in upstate New York, I decided to visit a local natural area just in case a wayward Jefferson Salamander was on the move …

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Snow Trekker

Snow Trekker

Ever come across a salamander when you’re out for a walk in the snow? I would be surprised if you have, so you’re sure to impressed by this wonderful video featuring a Jefferson Salamander crossing a snow patch during its early spring migration from the forest to the breeding pond …

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Hi All! As you’re already aware (at least I think), I just published my new mobile application, Pure Nature – 3D soundscapes, which features a large selection of immersive 3D binaural soundscapes that are suitable for relaxation and personal enjoyment …

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Yasuni Soundscapes – Binaural Podcast

Yasuni Soundscapes – Binaural Podcast

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just published Yasuni Soundscapes, a fully-binaural, 30-minute narrated podcast featuring 23 recordings I made in early November in Ecuador’s lowland Amazon rainforest.

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Yasuni Soundscapes

Yasuni Soundscapes

I’m fresh back from the Ecuador rainforest and excited to share soundscapes I recorded at the wonderful Sani Lodge, located along the Napo River about 50 miles downriver from Coca, Ecuador.

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Yasuni

Yasuni

Guess what? I’m heading to Ecuador in a few days to spend a week at Sani Lodge, situated in lowland rainforest along the Rio Napo in Yasuni National Park. I’ll be gathering binaural ambience recordings for a movie about rainforest birds …

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