The Wire Fence

Wire fences can produce some amazing sounds when you attached contact microphones to them. These sounds have been used in movie sound effects through out the years including in the Stars Wars movies. This sound clip is of a wire fence being hit and flicked.

The video below shows the long grass blowing against a wire on a very windy day. The sound is of the grass hitting the wire and casuing it to vibrate. It was capture using two contact microphones.

Moving Winds

Contact microphones provide a unique way of hearing the world. They work by picking up vibrations of what ever they are attached too. As the wind was blowing a gail I decided to capture the sound of sand particles hitting a tin with contact microphones. This is what that sounds like.

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After that recording I attached the microphone to some Ficinia Nodosa (knobby club-rush) that was blowing in the wind. This plant is commonly found through out the coastal area’s of Australia. Below is a video of the recording.



The World According to Sound

The Word According to Sound has featured a recording of ants I made in one of its podcasts. It was recorded with contacts microphones placed near the nest of ants in the Golburn River National Park, NSW, Australia. It features the sound of the ants walking on and biting the microphones. Check out the podcast and the video below.





Nature Sound Recording Group

True Nature Sounds is a Soundcloud group dedicated to nature sounds from around the world. The group is moderated for quality and to make sure that only nature sounds appear on it. Anyone with a Soundcloud account is welcome to submit sounds to the group.

So come and have a look at some of the amazing recordings from around the world!!

https://soundcloud.com/groups/true-nature-sounds

Lyre Bird Alarm / Ring Tone

A new tone for iPhones isavailable!! This tone features the sound of male Lyre Bird practicing hisrepetition of call at the Washpool National Park in NSW. This is only available for iPhones at the moment.

Instructions

Step 1)

Right click on the following link and select “Save Link As". (Tone)

Step 2)

Locate and open the tone on your computer (iTunes should now open up).

Step 3)

Connect you iPhone to the computer.

Step 4)

Click the “Tones” or “Ringtones” tab in iTunes (depending on which version of iTunes is installed).

Step 5

Click the “Selected ringtones” radio button, scroll through the list of available tones and click the check box next to the tone you want to add to your iPhone.

Step 6

Click the “Apply” button to transfer the alarm sound to your phone.


Enjoy!!

Kookaburra Alarm / Ring Tone

Free Kookaburra alarm / ring tone for iPhones!! This tone features the sounds of Kookaburra’s laughing in the Goulburn River National Park. This is only available for iPhones at the moment.

Instructions

Step 1)

Right click on the following link and select “Save Link As". (Alarm Tone)

Step 2)

Locate and open the tone on your computer (iTunes should now open up).

Step 3)

Connect you iPhone to the computer.

Step 4)

Click the “Tones” or “Ringtones” tab in iTunes (depending on which version of iTunes is installed).

Step 5

Click the “Selected ringtones” radio button, scroll through the list of available tones and click the check box next to the tone you want to add to your iPhone.

Step 6

Click the “Apply” button to transfer the alarm sound to your phone.


Hopefully more tone to come in the future!!

Northern Territory

New photos from a trip to the beautiful Northern Territory are now up. View here. Full ofspectacular sights and sounds the Northern Territory is a place of true beauty. The Aboriginal rock art through out the Territory is a must see and gives us a true insight into the true history of Australia and the deep understanding of the land.

Interactive Flash Zone

The interactive flash part of the website is finally up and running! The first one is a interactive nature sound map that lets you click on the different animals to hear them. It was my first attempt at making something like it so my collage skills are a bit rough but the sounds are awesome. The second one is of electronic sounds emitted by different electrical equipment. The microphone used to record this was a coil microphone and some of the electrical sounds that it can pick up are amazing (and sometimes worrying). So check out the new interactive section, enjoy and stay tuned for more to come.

Sound of Ants Video

For awhile now I have been thinking of making some video recordings to go along with my nature sounds. I had some footage from the start of the year that I shoot in the Goulburn River national park and today I finally sat down and put it together! The recording was make early one morning after I had recorded the morning chorus. I placed two contact microphones near the entrance to a massive ants nest and recorded the sound of their foot steps and attempted to bite the microphones. Check out my video section to see the footage and hear the sounds. (No ants where harmed in the making of the video).

Flightrader 24

Airplanes are really annoying when trying to record the sounds of nature. I remember tracking Lyre birds one morning at the Washpool National Park. I finally got with in 20ft from that had just started a to sing and dance. I hit record, feeling excited about how awesome this recording is going to be, only to hear the distant sound of a jet coming. By the time the jet had passed the Lyre bird had decided to continue on his way…. And I didn't get the recording...

Since then I have discovered an app for your phone called "Flightrader 24". This app shows all major airplanes in the air and in what direction they are travelling. This has been extremely handing in finding new places to record at where I’m not being intorupted every ten minutes by airplanes.



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