lightning scene - shutterstock_89026090A thunderstorm passes near as Snowy Tree Crickets sing from a patch of shrubs in a meadow. 11pm, 21 September, 2011. Connecticut Hill Wildlife Mangement Area near Ithaca, New York. © Lang Elliott.

While digging through old recordings in search of those I think are suitable for relaxation, meditation and healing, I came across this jewel. I’m calling it “Thunder Crickets” and it portrays a thunderstorm passing near a shrubby meadow in late September, here in my homeland of upstate New York.

I find this recording very soothing and quite lovely, with mellow thunder-cracks from lightning bolts (not too jolting) and plenty of low frequency rumbling. The rain falls gently all around and two (or more?) Snowy Tree Crickets chirp in unison from a nearby cluster of shrubs, creating a hypnotic pulsating effect. This is a binaural soundscape, so please listen using headphones!

Is it possible for someone not to like this recording?

I’ve been having so much fun working on my healing soundscape project, which involves auditioning binaural recordings captured all the way back to 1993, when I first acquired my 3D soundscape mic setup, the same rig I still use it today. I have many dozens of “jewels” hidden away in my sound archive, often recordings that I didn’t think were so great back then (because they didn’t contain loud and close sound events), but that now sound utterly delicious to my ear. My only regret is that I cut many of them short due to lack of interest … what an idiot I was!.

Let me know what you think of this one … Thunder Crickets, such wonderful voices of the night.

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