When thinking of soundscapes, many think of evening sounds in a generalized way. Yet, careful listening tells a very different story. This recording is a perfect example of nature's own chorus, that reveal a sense of time, place, and space beyond the typical visual experiences humans normally encounter.
Midsummer Nights | East: A barred owl, eastern screech owl, and night heron punctuate the evening chorus of crickets and cicadas of the Adirondack Mountains in the Eastern United States. (Recorded by Ruth Happel, 30:02)
Midsummer Nights | West: Bullfrogs and a great-horned owl sing solo against the rhythmic pulse of the insect chorus in the Cascade Mountains of Northern California (Recorded by Bernie Krause, 30:31) Birds: Barred owl, eastern screech owl, night heron, great-horned owl. Insects: various types of cicadas and crickets.
This album offers a perfect example of 'biophony', the combined creature chorus of a particular place and time -- a singular 'live performance' that can be heard nowhere else on the planet. The 'cricket orchestra' (cut 1) of the Adirondack Mountains defines the location for the listener in much the same way one can make a distinction between Bach and the Beatles. Likewise, the Krause recording (cut 2), is a perfect example of a particular territory in the Cascade Mountains of Northern California, replete with bullfrogs and an occasional distant great-horned owl. Yet, both cuts evoke a clear sense of moment -- a soft summer evening -- special to those creatures, human and critter alike, who occupy the their breathtaking natural habitats. Listen - and let summer's evening chorus transport you, wherever you are.