Hello everyone! I am back from my long recording journey out West and now I’m ready to start blogging again. In the months to come, I’ll be sharing LOTS of immersive soundscapes, not only those gathered during my trip, but also recordings from earlier in my career plus brand new ones captured in weeks after my return.

The first soundscape I want to share, Light Rain and Blue Jays was recorded in early September of this year in Shindagin Hollow, one of my favorite locations, not far from my hometown of Ithaca, New York:

Shindagin Hollow forest sceneLight rain with blue jays and occasional spring peepers. Recorded around 10am on 5 September 2017 in Shindagin Hollow near Brooktondale, New York. © Lang Elliott. Please listen using headphones or earbuds.

This remarkably immersive binaural 3D 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. Spring peepers occasionally give brief series’ of bird-like peeps … their “autumn piping” from trees and shrubs, often occurring quite far from their breeding pools and ponds.

In my appraisal, this lovely recording cradles one’s spirit and promotes a sense of calm and freshness … such a gentle soundscape that will instantly transport you into the wild (especially if you listen using headphones or earbuds).

When I make a recording such as this, I remember exactly why I love nature recording. The outdoor experience (and later listening as well) helps settle my mind and ease stressful thoughts. How can I remain negative when drenched in such a pleasing, immersive soundscape?

lang with headphonesIf at all possible, listen over headphones in a quiet place. And let me know how this recording effects you. What is its psychological impact? Could you listen to it for many minutes at a time? Do you feel as if you’re actually there, out in nature? Feedback will be much appreciated in my quest to determine exactly what makes a soundscape truly healing in its effect!

p.s. I apologize for falling quiet about halfway through my journey, but I got so busy with field work and travel (I drove a whopping 30,000 miles over 5.5 months) that I simply could not devote large amounts of time to podcasting and blog posting. So I decided to wait until my adventure was complete, and then begin sharing results on the internet. And now I plan to roar ahead with lots of posting … so I advise cleaning out your inbox to make room for all my forthcoming newsletters!

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