I composed this after taking the dog out along a stream near Blackwater. It was one of those beautiful still, sunny mornings and the sunlight was filtering through the trees and catching the ripples here and there and turning them into tiny diamonds that seemed to dance and sparkle as they flowed downstream. I was inspired to try to capture the scene in sound.
A gentle ambient music piece that combines a forest stream with a soft Fender Rhodes electric piano composition. This was recorded on a pair of linked, vintage valve Brenell and Ferrograph, early 1960’s tape recorders connected together by a loop of tape to form a time lag accumulation tape delay (a technique from the world of 1960’s experimental tape music). The intention here was to try to create music to capture the way that ripples in the forest stream sparkle and dance in the morning sunlight.
This soundscape recording captures Springtime in The New Forest, with a bubbling stream, and the sound of a cuckoo and woodpecker adding to the woodland ambience.
A sound collage produced from a collection of audio materials captured on a quiet afternoon in Keyhaven.
What does a forest stream sound like when slowed down, especially when the trickles and bubbles become unusual rhythmic structures?
This is a Sound Art piece and developed from crossfading four different sound sources together. Some of them have been slowed down by recording them onto magnetic tape on an elderly Ferrograph reel-to-reel machine, to as much as 1/64th of their normal speed to reveal the hidden and unusual sounds present. I recorded the source material along the Ober Water forest stream near Brockenhurst.
The piece starts with the stream at normal speed and then bit by bit, it gets progressively slower, and interesting rhythms start to emerge.
This was recorded at a bend in a forest stream that runs through the Ornamental Drive near Blackwater on a winter’s morning in February 12th 2016. Listen for the sounds of the stream as it runs around some half-submerged logs that create gentle clunks and bumps.
A variety of microphones were used for this recording, including underwater hydrophones that I dropped into the stream, plus contact microphones that pick up the vibrations of the water on the logs.