It was important at this stage in the proceedings to bring nature into the foreground and make this the ultimate white noise frequency. It’s also a strangely evocative sound that we all have an emotional connection with. I particularly wanted to look at the idea of bringing the wet intoxicatingly damp atmosphere to the warm indoors and into the individual’s home. This instantly (I hope) brings a certain sense of warmth and security to the listening experience and its new environment.
I recorded this at the end of the summer in 2018 after a long walk to a beautiful coastal beach on the Isle of Wight called ‘St. Helens’.
This emotive and peaceful soundtrack was recorded on the Isle of Wight at a fairly remote beach called ‘Priory Bay’.
The sounds were captured on one of those wonderful halcyon summer late afternoons. The birds were in full voice and the sea was ever-so slightly lapping against the coastline in the far-off distance. The stream was trickling down the hillside adjacent to a little foot bridge that brings ‘Sea-grove Bay and Priory Bay’ together.
Rain was recorded after a long day recording nature sounds.
I was desperate to get a really perfect rain sound and never had the right circumstances to capture its glorious frequencies and power.
As I was loading the mobile recordings into my computer at home the heavens opened!
I was able to get my studio microphones near the opening to capture the majestic nature of ‘Rain’ in all its glory.
For the sleep section of this therapy music, I purposely wanted to revisit a track that was in the ‘Supernature’ series.
I reworked the ambiences and the myriad of white noises, frequencies and tones to create a very sensual ‘mind environment’, that would be perfect for the listener at night time.
It’s mystical, dark, moody, uplifting and above all encapsulates the overall feeling of ‘serenity’.
The sounds that act as the natural tinnitus masking tones, frequencies and noises came from the rain forest of Cuba in the eastern part of the country. I’ve managed to record some very special bird species, including; Bee Hummingbird, Cuban Blackbird, Blue-headed quail Dove and the Cuban Bullfinch and Crab-Hawk. There are waterfalls in the background amongst these serene and wonderful creatures.
The majestic aspect of this particular piece comes from the trumpet, bowed double bass and sensitively sung vocal, augmented by the classical harp.
Again, I deliberately wanted to rework a piece that was in the ‘Supernature’ section and place it into the sleep category.
Everything was remixed in such a way that I wanted the whole sound to represent the gentle lapping of the waves and then a very slow and safe feeling of being protected and submerged as I was travelling the depths of the ocean. I placed myself and the music inside a magnificent glass bubble that acted like a vehicle that could move around unimpeded and run on pure thought.
This was a piece that started life as a harp recital that I was working on. The idea of looking at water again drew me towards the idea of setting this music in an undersea world.
I felt I had to place this in the grand and symphonic world of Atlantis. I was keen to add a choral sound and augment this with a solo trumpet/cornet. I added orchestral percussion to complete the exotic myriad of musical sounds.
My environmental sounds were created in Cuba in the Caribbean Sea. I was able to go underwater amongst coral and brightly coloured fish. There is a point in the music where I drop the sound of a pelican landing and taking off in the ocean. It was fate that I was able to get such a prestigious record of this incredible creature.
Opposites attract, Fire and Rain.
This recording began life in the back of a truck with ten complete strangers heading off to a rain forest in Cuba with the promise of a swim underneath a waterfall.
We arrived in the blistering heat to find a hill in front of us that we would eventually climb, covered with thick and densely populated woodland.
After making it to the summit of this hill, the clouds quickly darkened. Bursting through the sky was a deluge of heavy monsoon rain.
Everybody dispersed and went their own way to find cover. I ended up in a cave. I had my sound recorder, a box of matches to light a fire and the glorious rain outside. The background environmental sounds on this track are from some of those moments.
This track represents the peace and tranquillity that exist when you let yourself go and give into the stresses and strains of life.
I wanted to record Séverine Mouletin (vocalist) and ask her to find words that contained (within the nuances) exceptionally positive vibrations and affirmations. I’m always very keen and happy to record Séverine as this recording artist carries a very pleasant tone and sound to her voice. ‘The sound of the Mediterranean and beyond’.
The background sounds were created in the rainforest over a period of two days. The sound that you hear of a flapping winged bird was a Pelican that took off from the sea with its prey in its mouth. I was lucky enough to be in touching distance of this creature. I was armed with my waterproof recorder and goggles to make sure I was able to capture the entire moment for sonic posterity!
The overall feeling that I wanted to present to the listener was that of ‘living in a dream’. I wanted the individual to be touched by nature and positivity, filling the environment with warmth and kindness.