A real 'atmosphere' soundscape. The wind was dying down during the session, and so surely this final recording should be a failure! — But no, it was merely capturing a quieter, more poetic and less overtly dramatic soundscape than I'd been aiming for — a big difference. The particular chimes combination sounded really strange, but there were long periods of quiescence or near-quiescence from them, punctuated by the odd bird calls, and eventually a lot of distant cow moos as a farmer brought a new load of feed for them in the nearby hilltop field. Various bird calls and an episode with those cow moos helped make something of the more or less chimeless sections.
1. Music of the Spheres Gypsy Chimes, Mezzo and Soprano (tuned to different modes on an Eastern European Gypsy scale)
2. Woodstock Chimes of Pluto (moderately high-pitched, on pentatonic scale)
3. Woodstock Chimes of Polaris (high-pitched, on pentatonic scale)
4. Woodstock Chimes of Mercury (very high-pitched, on pentatonic scale)
I recorded this on 10 December 2013, on the rough slope just below Hunting Gate, which latter marks the highest point of the Hunter's Path, high up on the north side of the Teign Gorge, Drewsteignton, Devon, UK. It was the last of five recordings in that session, and by then the wind had dropped down.
I loved the sound of this chimes combination, but because of the long spells of quiescence I felt that this was an 'also-ran' recording, and therefore wouldn't be worth my further attention — well, except perhaps for its episode with the cow moos, which I had a distinctly soft spot for.
So, why have I chosen to upload this now? — This is to do with what's coming next here. My first recording in that session was a really long one of the chimes listed above, with addition of one other small chime that made a big difference to the overall sound of the ensemble, and there was plenty of wind to work the chimes then.
So, once I was working methodically through my chimes recordings to select suitable ones for transforming into more of my Nature Symphonies, I did indeed create a Nature-Symphony out of that — Quest for the ever-concealed mountain (Prelude to a mountaineer's 'Poem of Ecstasy') —, though it awaits my adding another element before I'll upload it anywhere. But that drew my attention back to this lowly recording, for I was wondering whether by suitable multi-layering I could make something quite special out of it. And therefore just maybe I could do something with those cow moos after all!
That led to my experimentation that produced Nature-Symphony 15, which was to be my next upload here. It then made sense to upload this recording first, so that one can hear what I'd created that work from.
As you can see from the waveform, this is a quiet soundscape. Therefore it makes sense not to readily turn up the volume! Also, high-grade headphones are by far the best listening option. Then the whole soundscape sounds much more alive and interesting.
The first recording in the session taking place. The Gypsy chimes are the ones with black tubes, and had to be placed rather further back from the recorder because of their loud and penetrating tone. Note recorder position, on tree branch (identified by its light grey furry windshield).
The recorder was a Sony PCM-M10, with Røde DeadKitten furry windshield (the original, more effective, light grey version); it was perched on a roughly horizontal tree branch by means of a GorillaPod.
Post-recording processing was to apply EQ in Audacity to correct for the muffling effect of the windshield.
Subsequent processing was using the VST plugin A1 Stereo Control to widen / sharpen the soundstage (160% widening).
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