Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A World of Soundscapes: Alpine Meadow

Just as streetlights engulf the starlight, human noise is all too rapidly drowning out the living sounds of the natural world.  For those who like a little wild nature in their days and nights, nothing can provide a sense of place like sound.

Wild Sanctuary's newly designed WildStore features an incomparable collection of soundscape albums from the most amazing wild places left in the world!  The collection of downloadable albums brings together several of the world's top nature recordists sharing their finest works.  To browse the catalog and listen to the short sound clips provided, is to enter directly into the habitats portrayed: rich, resonant, and utterly real.

Convenient preview (there is no word for pre-hear) sliders on the site provide a brief sense of content, artistic and exemplary detail for each album. Better yet, you can purchase full-length Mp3 selections by Krause, and his extraordinary colleagues in the field, that each provide a true sense of being at a particular place, season, and time.  A collection - worth collecting, as habitats like this are rarely found, often costly to get to, and the ephemeral nature of their soundscapes even more difficult to capture with such accurate presence and vitality.

Play the video (above) of 'Alpine Meadow', then take a journey of your own -- a visit to the WildStore is a breath of fresh air!