spruce stand in winter by Lang ElliottA 24-min binaural soundscape featuring a winter windstorm and a small meltwater brook in a Norway Spruce stand. Recorded around 2pm on 28 February 2018 in Shindagin Hollow near Brooktondale, New York. © Lang Elliott. PLEASE LISTEN USING HEADPHONES!

During the winter, I busy myself with creative work in my studio but try to keep in touch with what is happening out in wild nature. For a long time, I’ve wanted to get a powerful “elemental” soundscape featuring winter wind blowing through pines or spruces, and on February 28 the opportunity to do just that came blowing my way.

A powerful winter snowstorm passed through our area with wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. Excited about the prospects, I dressed warmly and headed to nearby Shindagin Hollow where I explored a high road that skirts across the upper slope of the mountain above the hollow. The wind was blowing incessantly, with periodic huge gusts. Soon I homed-in on a dense stand of Norway Spruce. A small meltwater brook meandered through the trees and I set my soundscape microphone so that the brook’s gentle gurgle could be clearly heard during intervals when the wind dropped somewhat in intensity.

I was thrilled when I listened later in my studio. The soundscape is wonderfully spacious, with wind gusts coming and going with regularity. There is also a lot of low frequency rumble generated by the wind. Originating higher up the slope in the bare hardwoods, the wind literally rumbled down the slope of the mountain without pause.

This rather long soundscape (24-minutes) should definitely be listened-to using headphones or earbuds with good bass response. If you adjust the volume carefully so that the wind gusts are not too loud, you will soon relax into the sound experience and become mesmerized as you surrender to its magic spell.

As always, please let me know what you think!

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