We've all seen waterfowl flying overhead, but few of us are aware of how much sound they make with their wings. In 1994, Ted Mack and I embarked on a six-month recording expedition. Our first project was to document the spring migration of waterfowl as they moved northward through the prairie states. For nearly two months, we worked numerous … [Read more...]
Earth, Air, Fire, Water
These NatureWatch profiles that focus on phenomena associated with earth, air, fire, and water.
When I launch my soundscape series of products, I plan to include a title called "Songbird Portraits," which will include recordings of a variety of my favorite singers. These will differ from most of my other soundscape recordings in that individual singers will be prominently featured, even though embedded in a wide soundscape. The following … [Read more...]
The sound of water is universally soothing. Ocean waves washing in, raindrops falling on the forest floor, the trickling sounds of a small brook . . . all have deep and timeless qualities that help calm the mind. Many times in my life, I have sat for hours next to streams, absorbed in the mesmerizing soundscape that is at once changing, yet always … [Read more...]
Common, well-known birds are sometimes the most difficult to characterize with recordings, especially if one desires to convey the mood evoked by the bird's song. The ubiquitous and well-known American Robin certainly falls into this category. Robins are easy to record because they sing loudly and prominently. But I've discovered that close and … [Read more...]
Last autumn, I participated in a sustainability conference sponsored by The Finger Lakes Bioneers. I was asked to create an artistic rendering of water in high definition video and sound. The result was a three-part video called "Water Speaking Water" that features music by my friends Samite Mulondo (playing kalimba, and African thumb piano) and … [Read more...]