Meltwater Melodies – Podcast

Three Sisters Mountains © Lang Elliott

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.

Coqui Magic Nightscapes

El Yunque Mountain Scene © Lang Elliott

Just for fun, I’ve been exploring my Coqui recordings from my trip to Puerto Rico in March of 2013. As many of you already know, the Puerto Rican or Common Coqui is a small tropical frog that is widespread throughout the island (along with a handful of other species in the genus), and that has a very recognizable breeding call that rises in pitch and sounds like a whistled CO-KEE! Featured are four amazing nighttime soundscapes that will give you a taste of what the tropical forest sounds like in the wee hours before dawn …

Crickets, Drip, Owls and Peepers

beaver pond in Shindagin Hollow, at dusk © Lang Elliott

Tomorrow, I’m off to the Catskills to attend a workshop with David Abram, author of the splendid book “Spell of the Sensuous.” Should be fun. But to keep y’all happy while I’m gone, I’ve decided to post a new immersive binaural (3D) soundscape … I’m calling it “Crickets, Drip, Owls and Peepers” and I recorded it on the 25th of September 2017 in nearby Shindagin Hollow. How fortunate I am to have captured this wonderful recording!

Light Rain and Blue Jays

Shindagin Hollow forest scene

Featuring light rain and the calls of blue jays and spring peepers, this remarkably immersive binaural field recording is best appreciated by listening over headphones. The raindrops provide a wide, relaxing soundstage against which blue jays sound off with a variety of nasal sounds and jay-calls. Occasionally spring peepers give brief series’ of bird-like peeps … their “autumn piping” from trees and shrubs, often occurring quite far from their breeding pools and ponds.

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area © Lang Elliott

IN EARLY TO MID APRIL, I made two visits to Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (altitude 4600 feet), located about eight miles north of Sonoita, Arizona. Located in the transitional area between the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts, the picturesque refuge comprises more than 42,000 acres of rolling grasslands with numerous riparian corridors lined with tall cottonwood trees. I had very good luck recording there …

The Voices of Lost Maples – Podcast

Lost Maples - typical habitat, by Lang Elliott

Hi all! I’ve just finished “the Voices of Lost Maples,” a podcast commemorating my March 6-8 visit to Lost Maples State Natural Area in the Hill Country of Texas. I was accompanied by my field assistant Beth Bannister and we had a topnotch “nature sound experience” there. Please join us in our adventure …

Lost Maples Natural Area

Lost Maples - typical habitat, by Lang Elliott

From March 6-8, field assistant Beth Bannister and I explored Lost Maples State Natural Area, in the Hill Country near Vanderpool, Texas. I’ve recorded at Lost Maples a number of times and was excited to visit, but was concerned that there would be little to record so early in the spring. Boy, was I wrong on that count!

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