Hermit Satori – A Thrushen Dream

photo of deep forest

Deep in the dark, primeval forest, a feathered hermit dreams a song, a silken melody fit for the heavens. Awakened, enlightened, fluting pure light:

What more is there to say? Listen … let the sound explain.

Okay, I admit it, I slowed down Hermit Thrush songs, “purified” them somewhat using special software, and then removed silent intervals between them to produce this “thrushen dream” composition.


  1. If there really was a bird that made a sound like this at normal speed, I think it should be called the Magic Mountain Thrush (Catharus magicensis).

  2. Sounds somewhat unusual but amazing at the same time. Imagine if there was a bird that made a song like this at normal speed.

  3. Musical indeed! My first thought was, “Wow Lang can really play the flute!” Then I chuckled realizing what I was hearing. That is truly fantastic and I think the end result will be even better!

  4. Amazing. I can’t wait to hear this after your embellishments. The slowed down song certainly has a haunting, etherial quality that I really like. I think this really captures the spirit of the hermit thrush song when heard by the human mind. Very cool.

    • Yes, the recording is being playing back slow and the songs have also been pitch-lowered. In addition, I have removed the long pauses between songs. This is an effort at creating at a “musical composition” featuring transposed Hermit Thrush song. I plan to modify it soon, adding more space between songs, the gentle trickle of a brook, and subtle bird sounds in the background. Birds have been shown to hear rapid changes in the time domain much better than humans. Slowing down song lets us hear intricacies that the birds themselves are able to detect. And pitch-lowering brings the song into a range that is more aligned with human music, thus improving our ability to sense the musical aspects of the song.

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