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Take a few moments to relax your mind and refresh your spirit. The following 13-minute binaural soundscape will transport you into the wild outdoors. Please listen with headphones to experience an immersive 3D effect.
Recorded on May 4, 1996 at 7pm. George Washington National Forest, west of Staunton, Virginia. © Lang Elliott.
It is spring in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. We set up camp next to a small pond. At dusk, spring peepers sound off from the water’s edge and a thunderstorm blows our way. Soon it is raining. We brave the elements to watch the lightning bolts, many of which have horizontal arms that reach across the sky.
The thunder seems to travel miles from its origins, gradually disappearing into the distance with striking variations of intensity along its paths. It as if giant boulders are rolling thunderously toward the horizon, their rumbles echoing off the surrounding hills.