A 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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Really lovely. First time listening.
This is lovely! Is there any way I could purchase the track? Or perhaps a donation in exchange for the audio file? I’d love to set it on loop to fall asleep to!
looking to hear the katydids….
This is wonderful, Lang! Thank you so much!
Love this! Love how the claps of thunder go on and on. For some reason we never get that here. I can easily visualize myself there, in a tent or under a tarp, watching the lightning and listening, listening. I could easily fall asleep to this. Thank you.
Very peaceful and comforting
I simply loved it.
so right lang. this draws you in,resets your focus.
Stunning!! I’m a new listener – grew up in Upstate N.Y., and currently in the Finger Lakes Region. This particular fall season melody is music to my ears, and I’m excited to hear more of what you do. A lost art – but as simple as it is, it is profound! Keep up the heavenly work!
Pamela: Glad to have you on board!
This is a “keeper”! When I can’t sleep or just need to relax, I will listen to this, and I am sure calmness will take over and bring peace and relaxation.
Thank you, Lang!
Oh, Yeah a lovely recording!
I don’t know if you got to witness one of the big summer thunderstorms in Tucson, but if you are up a little higher in the hills, so you can see down towards the city, you will witness often spectacular building thunderheads because of the surrounding mountains to the north and east. Quite spectacular.
I saw and photographed many of those storms in July. It was far more difficult to record them because of traffic noise, airplanes, wind, and other problems. There’s plenty of wildness in Arizona, but it was not easy finding really quiet places.
This recording is so relaxing. Within minutes, I felt my shoulders drop and my breathing slow ~~I can see why it would be a wonderful recording to listen to just before bed. Thank you for sharing this slice of nature~~we need more of this in our lives!
This is a very nice recording. Wish I had been there. I look forward to you posting many more sounds in the future. Fintan.
They’re on the way Fintan … the gate seems to be bursting open, at least as long as I’m working on my healing soundscape project.
I really like this one also. The sound of crickets has always been one of my favorite sounds. It is nearing fall here now ,the nights are cooler and the the crickets seem to be enjoying themselves every night. The sound of distant thunder is nice too. Wish the world could be as peaceful. Thanks for sharing this beautiful recording with us 🙂
At times, the world is this peaceful, perhaps more often than we think.
Thank you for saving this! I absolutely love it!
It makes me think about long ago, before “man made” noises, people were able to lie down, relax, and go to sleep naturally to the peaceful sounds of nature.
I am using headphones so I can really appreciate being surrounded by all the lovely sounds. Looking forward to hearing some more of your old recordings.
I have a ton of “old” recordings I will be sharing in the months to come.
Wonderful! I just shared this recording with some of my friends.
I know they will enjoy it too and be “tuned in” in the future for more of the “treasures” you find.