On any sunny, summer afternoon, the two tiny sailing clubs at Keyhaven — The New Forest’s coastal hamlet on the Solent — are filled with people launching their dinghies and floating off for a spin around the sheltered waters. There’s a uniquely tranquil ambience about the little place on days like this. I’ve tried to capture this feel in the composition, which features a combination of natural sounds from Keyhaven along with the music itself.
Imagine yourself deep in one of The New Forest’s beautiful ancient woodlands under majestic old oak and beech trees. It’s a perfectly still Autumn afternoon, and all around you, leaves are gently and silently falling to create a thick, golden carpet on the forest floor.
Here’s 14 minutes of relaxing ambient bliss from New Forest Sounds.
There are several places in the National Park where the forest reaches down to the sea, and the familiar forest of trees turns into a forest of masts. This composition was inspired by visiting one of those unique locations.
Long, lazy summer days in The New Forest sometimes seem to go blissfully on and on. It’s nice to take a picnic out on into one of the many quiet places, and just sit and watch the world go by under blue skies. This piece is inspired by that natural simplicity.
This piece is inspired by the riot of colour in a wildflower meadow, where the flower heads were nodding in a gentle breeze, just like music listeners at a concert.
The New Forest Sounds Ambient Music Podcast aims to bring the forest direct to you, through a selection of 100% relaxing, nature-inspired ambient music.
During this podcast, we’ll journey together in sound to some of the quiet places of England’s New Forest National Park. From the beauty of the forest as it awakens at first light, to gentle streams meandering through the woods. We’ll visit ethereal, misty moors, and even travel to the coast at Keyhaven to experience a smooth, glassy morning, and more besides.
We’ll hear birdsong like you’ve probably never heard it before, and there will be a couple of brain-teasers along the way too, where I play some forest sounds and give you the chance to see if you can recognise them. All you’ve got to do is settle back, press play and drift away with me for an hour. It’ll be nice to have you along.
This quiet, gentle music composition tries to capture the ambience of a smooth, glassy morning at The New Forest’s tiny sailing hamlet of Keyhaven on the Solent.
Keyhaven has wonderful views of historic Hurst Castle and the distant Isle of Wight. There are two sailing clubs and a small pub. It’s quiet, peaceful and beautiful.
The village is part of the larger Keyhaven Nature Reserve, which spans almost 500 acres of land. With mudflats and salt marshes, the reserve is popular with a multitude of wildlife.
This composition was inspired by the experience of slowly drifting down the quiet and beautiful Beaulieu River through The New Forest towards the Solent beyond.
Imagine relaxing with a favourite book, or taking a picnic beside one of The New Forest’s mesmerising and beautiful meandering streams. If you can’t be there in person, then perhaps this may serve as the next best thing. Absolutely designed to be dreamy. Drift away….
I woke up one morning listening to the dawn chorus, and the thought struck me that it would be interesting if I could try to ‘conduct’ an orchestra of forest birds and animals, and have them sing or sound in perfectly in rhythm, and by the wonders of recording technology I’ve managed to do that within this composition, which aims to create an almost classical, English pastoral feel and evokes The New Forest waking up first thing in the morning.