Siobhan: Would that we all could be seanchaithe (yes, that’s the plural of seanchaí) … able to tell stories that make the world seem more vivid and alive, as it truly is.
Thank you grateful sea. Now that I’ve completed the app, I wonder what’s next. Maybe I’ll go back to focusing on cinematography and sound, a multimedia immersion and celebration of the natural world.
You’re welcome Margaret … let me know if your son likes the binaural experience.
The night cry of the Limpkin … one of my favorites, conveying the untamed wildness of the Florida swamplands.
I found some examples on YouTube. Interesting work for sure!
Here is a brief video I made, with music and narration added. It’s actually meant to be brief but inspirational introductory video for the home page of a non-profit website that is currently hibernating, but that I may re-launch in the months to come: https://vimeo.com/247235097
Korakas: I am not familiar with Dietmar’s work, but will google him shortly. I too am a cinematographer and hope to create immersive nature movies in the years to come. In fact, I may jump headlong into movie-making this coming spring.
You’re welcome Sheila. It’s supposed to snow like crazy tomorrow, here in upstate New York. Maybe I’ll head into the field to get a recording of the sound of snowflakes hitting objects, perhaps the persisting leaves of beech trees in the understory.
I think binaural immersion would be great nature-therapy for people who can’t get outdoors. Although scientific research on the effects of nature sounds on listeners is sparse, the few studies that have been performed show noticeable effects, such as lowered heart rate, lowered stress hormones, and the like … in other words, a stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and relaxation) and a corresponding suppression of the sympathetic nervous system (fight and flight).
In my estimation, binaural recordings are “strong medicine” when it comes to nature recordings, and I hope that scientists eventually do in-depth studies of their effects.
Gonfu: If you decide to start recording, I’m available to advise you about gear.
Thank you Ed! In my mind, the “music” of nature is actually a full-on multi-sensory experience that simply cannot be replicated by technological instruments. My soundscapes are but a small slice of the whole, delivered via speakers (headphones in the case of binaural recordings). Nonetheless, they can have a positive, multi-dimensional effect on the listener … one sense somehow expanding into the others.
You’re welcome GratefulT … I do indeed have a bit of “forever youngness” holding steady within, and I do hope it accompanies me all the way through to the end.
ps. great shot of the butterfly on the frog’s nose!
Thank you Ursula … my voice “works”, and of that I am grateful!
I just read Emily’s poem “A Light Exists in Spring”, for the very first time. It’s great and thank you so much for the reference!
And thank you Siobhan for taking such good care of the one-legged crow!
Thank you grateful sea! As you might guess, I’m very much looking forward to my 70th birthday. I view it as a significant milestone in my life and I never thought I would make it this far. If I’ve learned anything of value along the way, it is: relax, be kind, enjoy friends, celebrate nature, and be grateful for time alive on planet earth.
Thomas: When I was a student at the University of Missouri (I was born in nearby Mexico, MO), I hooked up with a herpetology professor and his crew of grad students, and we we would go on frequent “float trips” to various rivers in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. The prof’s idea of a float included drinking lots of beer and there were times when we got so tipsy that we flipped our canoe (don’t worry, we were very committed to hauling out all our garbage in trash bags). The hi...
Thomas: When I was a student at the University of Missouri (I was born in nearby Mexico, MO), I hooked up with a herpetology professor and his crew of grad students, and we we would go on frequent “float trips” to various rivers in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. The prof’s idea of a float included drinking lots of beer and there were times when we got so tipsy that we flipped our canoe (don’t worry, we were very committed to hauling out all our garbage in trash bags). The high point was big stones in search of Hellbenders (giant aquatic salamanders). We found a lot of them, and of course let them all go.p.s. Good luck with your photography as spring explodes in your area.
Margaret: Glad to hear you like sound of my voice. I struggled with it, because, as you know, my voice was greatly affected by the cancer treatment. I actually did the narration two or three times, waiting for a day when my voice seemed “good enough” to produce a decent result. I’m fairly happy with the sound, but hope to improve on my delivery in future versions of the poem.
Pilgrim: Thank you so much for pointing out that as a child nature was all around you … you didn’t have to go anywhere special to find it. That was the case with me. I lived on the edge of town (Mexico, Missouri) and had forests, fields and streams right at my doorstep. What a joy that was. The reason my parents moved out of town was that my father helped create a golf course and then had a house built overlooking the course. He’s wasn’t a nature-guy by any means, but ...
Pilgrim: Thank you so much for pointing out that as a child nature was all around you … you didn’t have to go anywhere special to find it. That was the case with me. I lived on the edge of town (Mexico, Missouri) and had forests, fields and streams right at my doorstep. What a joy that was. The reason my parents moved out of town was that my father helped create a golf course and then had a house built overlooking the course. He’s wasn’t a nature-guy by any means, but the golf course just happened to be near two lakes, both surrounded by woods. What a delight that was for me. There was even a waterfall that would surge after rains. And ponds in fields where I would stare into the water and see tiny creatures, such as Cyclops, a slender crustacean with one black eye. These days I’d need a microscope to see one, but back then my young eyes saw them everywhere in shallow water at pond’s edge. Without doubt, exploring pond life was one of my most treasured nature experiences as a child.
BTW, my throat cancer was caught early and was considered 90% “curable”. Now, three years later, they say it’s highly unlikely it will come back. My only symptom was a swollen tonsil. The problem has to do with the treatment, which is brutal … especially the radiation because it literally burns the inside of one’s throat and causes permanent and irreversible damage. I hope in the future that less invasive treatments are discovered.
Thank you grateful sea. I have spent many hours in the last several years enjoying the gurgling of brooks, and allowing myself to be carried away by their hypnotic voices. I am so very fortunate to live in a place where beautiful mountain brooks abound … water singing water among the cathedral forests of upstate New York.
Ursula: I do plan to have an exciting, soothing, and safe trip, although it may take me a few weeks to mellow out from the craziness of the last few months (where I had to move out of my studio space of of 15 years and put everything into storage for the duration of my trip).
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