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Wind Chimes in the Wild

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The chimes used in these recordings

Woodstock chimes

These relatively thin-walled chimes mostly have an open, airy sound, in which the primary 'voice' tone is well balanced with overtones. Their overall tone is not very penetrating or overbearing, and they are easy to combine with other chimes of similar nature. The one exception is the diminutive Chimes of Mars, whose tubes are relatively thicker-walled. Its 'voice' tone is very penetrating, making it rather a challenge to get it usefully balanced with the other Woodstock chimes.

In use, these chimes have a sweeter tone, with more relaxing effect, than some other highly regarded makes of chimes, because they are precision-tuned in just intonation, which ensures that pure intervals are sounded between the different notes, whereas in the equal temperament tuning of modern musical instruments (at least, in Western 'culture') the utilitarian division of an octave into 12 equal steps ensures that each note is slightly out-of-tune with every other except on the octave.

Chimes of Olympos
One of my larger chimes, tuned to an Ancient Greek scale that sounds quite melancholy to most of us. It sounds to me to be much the same as the scale used in much Japanese koto music:
(ascending) D Eb G A Bb D

Gregorian Tenor Chimes
My other larger Woodstock chime, tuned to a 'grand'-sounding medieval Gregorian chant scale:
(ascending) C D Eb F G A Bb C
Note that this scale has a slight mismatch with the just intonation, which results in its overall sound being slightly out-of-tune in such a way that, although not sounding dissonant, it has a fairly pronounced vibrato, which gives a rather trashy type of sweetness to its sound, which is quite out of character with any sort of ancient chant scale.

Chimes of Pluto
Distinctly smaller than the two above, and thus higher-pitched, tuned to a 'major'-sounding mode on the pentatonic scale:
(ascending) D F G Bb C D

Chimes of Polaris
Smaller and higher-pitched than the Pluto, tuned to a hauntingly radiant mode on the pentatonic scale:
(ascending) G Bb C D F

Chimes of Mercury
Still smaller, and very high-pitched, tuned to another hauntingly radiant mode on the pentatonic scale:
(ascending) Bb C D F G

Chimes of Mars
Almost as tiny and high-pitched as the Mercury, but with a stronger and more penetrating 'voice' tone, tuned to a really odd scale for which I have no name, the notes in this set of chimes being in the order of a melodic phrase rather than just ascending or descending, but I present them here in ascending order to avoid confusion:
(ascending) D Eb G A Bb

Music of the Spheres chimes

These chimes have thicker walls than the Woodstock ones, and presumably it is more this than the black finish of the tubes that results in a strong and penetrating 'voice' tone with weak overtones. Many people prefer this sort of sound because they regard it as more 'pure', but they are in error in such a view, because such a sound is simply more unbalanced and actually somewhat inharmonious for humans to listen to for extended periods, because we are basically attuned to natural sounds, which generally are rich in overtones or at least contain a good spread of frequencies. However, in the context of combining different sets of wind chimes to make ensembles, it is a definite enhancement to be using chimes that give different timbres, as in orchestral or other instrumental ensembles. The loud and penetrating sound quality, however, presented me with a considerable challenge in balancing these chimes against the quieter and more delicate Woodstock sound. In ensembles, therefore, I had to put them well behind the Woodstock chimes.

In practice I found that these two chimes were by far the most interesting when used together rather than using either on its own. The combined sound heard in the distance is strongly mysterious and haunting, easily giving the impression of a distant ghostly organ playing.

Gypsy Chimes, Mezzo
My largest chime, tuned to a mode on an Eastern European Gypsy scale, which has about it a haunting melancholy, which in this rendering has a ponderous dolefulness:
(ascending) D Eb F# G A Bb

Gypsy Chimes, Soprano
Distinctly smaller than the Mezzo version and a little larger than the Woodstock Chimes of Pluto, and tuned to notionally the same mode as the Mezzo, on the same Gypsy scale, but up a 5th - still underpinned by the same melancholy, but here projected with more of an electric intensity:
(ascending) A, Bb C# D E F

PGC-001

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - CD cover image Wind Chimes in the Wild, Vol. 1
- Chimes of Pluto, and combinations of the latter with Chimes of Olympos and with Gregorian Chimes, at or near Sharp Tor, Teign Gorge.
 

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Wind Chimes in the Wild, Vol. 2
- An extravaganza of five sets of chimes - Chimes of Pluto, Gypsy Chimes (Mezzo and Soprano) and bamboo chimes (large and small), with some birds, recorded in a single take at Hunter's Tor, Teign Gorge.
 

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Wind Chimes in the Wild, Vol. 3
- Spectacular and thrilling recordings made during a January gale in woods high above Fingle Bridge, Teign Gorge; Gypsy Chimes (Mezzo and Soprano) and Chimes of Pluto.
 

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Wind Chimes in the Wild, Vol. 4
- A real open airy early spring feel to this one, recorded on an open part of the Hunter's Path running along almost the top of the Teign Gorge, with birds singing at times; Gypsy Chimes (Mezzo and Soprano), Chimes of Pluto, and bamboo chimes (large and small).
 

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Wind Chimes in the Wild, Vol. 5
- Beside the River Teign, close to the Teign Gorge, with river sound and some late winter / early spring birdsong; Chimes of Pluto and Gypsy Chimes (Mezzo and Soprano).
 

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Wind Chimes in the Wild, Vol. 6
- Beside the River Teign in the Teign Gorge, just downstream of the Drogo Weir, whose very white-noisy sound is the backdrop of all these recordings. The chimes sounds are often submerged in that sound, but periodically come into focus as wind gusts make them more active. Gregorian Chimes (4 tracks), Gypsy Chimes (Soprano) (1 track).
 

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 7
Spectacular sound - the radiant tones of Woodstock Chimes of Polaris mingling with sea dramatics as Atlantic breakers come gracefully thundering in and hitting outcrops and cliffs near Land's End.
 

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 8
The haunting and melancholy sound of Gypsy Chimes (Soprano and Mezzo size) accompanied by the earthy skitterings and scuttlings of bamboo chimes (large and small size) in an atmospheric soundscape above the Teign Gorge in late November 2012.
 

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 9
Combinations of (1) Olympos and Gregorian Chimes and (2) the same, with Chimes of Pluto added, giving a distinct change of 'feel' - recorded at / near Sharp Tor, Teign Gorge, November 2012. The viewpoint is overlooking the steep valley slopes, with the background rushing sound of the River Teign far below. Immensely beautiful sound.
 

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 10
A real odd one, this (and they say that uniqueness has no degrees of comparison?!)! By the Black Ridge Brook in remote Dartmoor, with just the constant gentle babble of the stream (muffled because the recorder is shielded from its direct sound) and some wind, with the occasional skylark in the first half-hour and at the end, and the radiant, 'rainbow colours' tones of very distant Chimes of Polaris intermittently throughout.
 

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 11
Immensely beautiful sound of the small and high-pitched, pentatonically tuned, Chimes of Polaris on Cornish clifftops, with sea and birds (mostly seagulls).
 

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 12
Chimes of Polaris, first with Chimes of Pluto, then with Chimes of Mercury, on Cornish clifftops.
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The next four albums (Vols 13-16) were all recorded just below the Hunter's Path in the woods above Fingle Bridge, Teign Gorge, Drewsteignton, Devon, on 15th April 2013, with various perspectives, so some recordings have the chimes 'forward' in balance, and little birdsong audible, while in others the chimes are more distant and birdsong is a fairly major feature. It became quite windy during this session, sometimes with gale force gusts roaring through the trees.

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 13
Teign Gorge, above Fingle Bridge, in April - distant Chimes of Olympos, followed by distant Gypsy Soprano chimes with Chimes of Pluto; the album starts with a short introductory recording of the Olympos chimes fairly close-up.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 14
Teign Gorge, above Fingle Bridge, in April - strange combinations: Gypsy Soprano chimes and Chimes of Pluto, then Gypsy Soprano and Chimes of Olympos - the latter being the strangest and most 'modern' sound that I'd obtained from chimes combinations at that time, short of being outright discordant. Very beautiful and bracing sonorities, which fit wonderfully with the very windy conditions.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 15
Teign Gorge, above Fingle Bridge, in April - solo sets of chimes, positioned not very 'forward', so you can hear the overall soundscape better, including the birds; Chimes of Olympos, then Chimes of Pluto.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 16
Teign Gorge, above Fingle Bridge, in April - Chimes of Olympos plus Gregorian Tenor Chimes, then the same plus Chimes of Pluto. Superlatively beautiful, but quite 'forward' in perspective, so you don't hear so much of the birds.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 17
First, on Firebeacon Hill, near Boscastle, Cornwall - Chimes of Polaris plus Chimes of Mercury, with sea booming in caves, then a shorter track recorded on Willapark headland near Boscastle, of Chimes of Pluto plus Chimes of Polaris plus Chimes of Mercury. Radiant, 'rainbow colours' sounds from the chimes in both tracks.
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PGC-055

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 18
Solo small high-pitched sets of chimes on a low clifftop between Pendeen Watch and the Levant mine ruins, Penwith, Cornwall, with a modest swell hitting the rocks (no beach):
1. Chimes of Mercury (pentatonic)
2. Chimes of Mars (a really odd scale).
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PGC-056

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 19
A rather choppy sea but with no obvious swell, giving a beautiful sound on the rocks of the Bumble Rock headland close by Lizard Point, Cornwall, with chimes:
1. Chimes of Pluto + Chimes of Mars
2. Chimes of Mercury + Chimes of Mars.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 20
From an exposed bare craggy clifftop prominence by the Levant tin mine ruins, Pendeen, Cornwall - relatively gentle sea and a choir of four sets of chimes: Chimes of Pluto + Chimes of Polaris + Chimes of Mercury + Chimes of Mars, which give a 'symphony' performance of astounding beauty.
1. Recorder facing the sea (towards Pendeen Watch), with chimes behind; breaths of wind gradually stirring them falteringly into action.
2. Recorder facing away from sea, towards the chimes, which latter are now getting more active.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 21
From clifftop slope of the WNW cliffs of Pordenack Point, SSE of Land's End. The chimes sound is more 'forward' than I was aiming for - especially the Mars chimes - but it was not possible to position any of the chimes further from the recorder, so the recording balance was fixed. The sea and birds, therefore, take very much of a backstage perspective. Nonetheless, these recordings are very beautiful and intriguingly musical experiences, and the colony of great black-backed gulls on the Enys Dodnan rock island can still be heard (including on the Track 2 excerpt here).
1. Chimes of Pluto + Mars + Mercury.
2. Chimes of Pluto + Mars.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 22
Two recordings featuring the high-pitched Woodstock Chimes of Mars.
1. Chimes of Mars on top of Firebeacon Hill, near Boscastle, Cornwall; a striking ponderous, even monolithic effect caused by only a gentle breeze, with small gusts, so that notes come sparingly but imposingly - a very beautiful effect.
2. Chimes of Polaris and Chimes of Mars, on one of the SW facing crag tops of the Willapark headland, Boscastle. This is an unusual recording, of a condition that I generally seek to avoid, in which there is fairly continuous wind (albeit fairly gentle) with little gusting. This means that the chimes activity is virtually continuous, although not very loud. The result is extremely beautiful and sort-of hypnotic, and for the latter reason this needs to be listened to in awareness-grounding situations so that you don't start getting spaced out and ungrounded (very unhealthy!)
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 23
Woodstock chimes recorded in July 2013:
1. Chimes of Pluto and Chimes of Mercury (both pentatonic), on clifftop slope of the cliffs leading to Pordenack Point, a little SSE of Land's End. As with the other two recordings made there (Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 21), the lie of the ground there fixed the recorder and chimes positions, resulting in the chimes being nearer the recorder than I was aiming for, so the chimes balance is very 'forward', and it was necessary afterwards for me to adjust the recording to a quite low level in order that these high-pitched chimes not be excessively hard on the ears. Thus the sea and birds are very much in the background.
2. After the rarefied sound of Track 1, this comes as a big change. Chimes of Polaris (pentatonic) with Chimes of Mars (a really odd scale), recorded on the Bumble Rock headland near Lizard Point, Cornwall. Here the sea sound (choppy sea but with little or no actual swell) is very 'forward', alive and full of detail as the very modest waves break on the various rocks and outcrops (no flat beach here). The chimes come in and out of focus among the sea sound as the wind gusts come and go. A joyful and invigorating sound.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 24
Woodstock chimes recorded in July 2013:
1. Very sparse soundings of Chimes of Pluto (very sheltered here), with a really interesting sea sound, in Zawn Rinny, an impressive sheer-sided gully in the spectacular granite cliff buttresses by Gwennap Head, Penwith, Cornwall. The sea is churning away in the narrow channel in the bottom of the gully, and periodically larger waves from the Atlantic swell come surging in, hitting everything in their way.
2. Now out in the open, on a rather spectacular craggy rock platform by the Levant Mine ruins, Pendeen, Penwith, Cornwall: Chimes of Pluto + Chimes of Polaris + Chimes of Mercury. Beautiful showers of 'rainbow colour' tones from these pentatonically tuned chimes, with the sea far below (and actually behind the recorder) continuously churning away at the bases of the immensely rugged and craggy cliffs.
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PGC-067

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 25
A celebration of winter wind and clarity in the valley woods! Recorded on 6th February 2013 just below the Hunter's Path in the top of the woods above Fingle Bridge, Teign Gorge, Drewsteignton, Devon - same spot as for the 30th January gale recordings (Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 3). Although a full gale was not blowing this time, it was still windy, and we have a beautiful variety of sound and nuance, ranging from the odd very strong gusts roaring through the trees to periods of virtually no wind at all close by - but even then always the quiet sound of the wind still roaring in distant trees in other parts of the valley, combined with the rushing sound of the River Teign far below.
1. Music of the Spheres Gypsy Mezzo and Gypsy Soprano chimes.
2. Gypsy Mezzo chimes.
3. Woodstock Gregorian Chimes (tenor).
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 26
Another pair of spectacular recordings from my rather epic-seeming recording session on 30 January 2013, in the Teign Gorge, high up in the valley woods above Fingle Bridge, with monstrous gusts of a GALE roaring through the trees.
1. The radiant and 'sunny' sounding Woodstock Chimes of Pluto
2. The really strange and doleful combination of the latter with the Music of the Spheres Gypsy Mezzo Chimes.
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PGC-094

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 27
Two recordings made beside the Hunter's Path, close to Sharp Tor, high up on the north side of the Teign Gorge, on 21 November 2012. On that day the River Teign, far below, was particularly full and audible because of exceptional overnight rainfall, which had caused localized flooding in the area. Both these recordings are of intriguing combinations of chimes: bamboo chimes (large plus small sets) which are crudely tuned to a semblance of whole tone scale, together with Woodstock precision tuned metal chimes, as follows:
1. Chimes of Pluto, tuned to a 'happy' and 'sunny' mode on the pentatonic scale;
2. Chimes of Pluto plus Gregorian Tenor Chimes, the latter tuned to a 'grand' sounding Gregorian chant mode.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 28
Strange chimes! - Overlooking the Teign Gorge (Drewsteignton, Devon, UK). The first and primary recording of a very productive session on 10 December 2013 by the Hunter's Path, almost at the top of the northern steep valley slope. A really strange combination of SIX sets of chimes: Music of the Spheres Gypsy Mezzo & Soprano Chimes, with Woodstock Chimes of Pluto + Chimes of Polaris + Chimes of Mercury + Chimes of Mars. The wind and thus the chimes activity varies really nicely, from quite strong gusts to almost complete lulls and chimes quiescence. Because of the time of year, the ground was well littered with dead leaves, but also some of the trees still had some dead leaves attached. Hence all the wind gusts sound really interesting.
N.B. This is just one long recording, but it is split into two tracks with no intervening gap or fade, in order to circumvent a file-size restriction on upload of CD contents at CreateSpace.
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PGC-097

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Volume 29
The next two recordings made on 10 December 2013, overlooking the Teign Gorge: Gypsy Mezzo & Soprano Chimes, with:
1. Chimes of Mars
2. Chimes of Polaris + Chimes of Mars - contains a lovely episode with a flyabout of a pair of ravens.
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PGC-098

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Volume 30
4th and 5th recordings made on 10 December 2013, overlooking the Teign Gorge: Gypsy Mezzo & Soprano Chimes, with:
1. Chimes of Polaris
2. Chimes of Pluto + Chimes of Polaris + Chimes of Mercury
- But the wind has been easing off, so the chimes activity is less than in the earlier recordings made on that day, and indeed it is relatively little in track 2, with some long more or less completely quiescent periods - though an episode with a chorus of distant cow moos adds interest. Even without the wind there is always the continuity and 'atmosphere' given by the quiet rushing sound of the River Teign far below.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Volume 31
A bonus album compiled as a 'condensate' from a 4+ hour concurrent recording made with a second recorder during my 10 December 2013 chimes recording session overlooking the Teign Gorge. Each of the five tracks gives a distant perspective on the respective chimes recording that I made with the other recorder that day. The five separated-out parts of the recording are spliced together, however, so that the CD plays continuously right through without breaks or fades between tracks.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 32
The airy and joyful sound of bamboo chimes in the Teign Gorge, in November 2012, February 2013 and January 2014. This is just the bamboo chimes, for once without any metal chimes. A large and a small set were always used together. They are tuned to a good semblance of the whole tone scale, which gives a delightful 'rustic' piquancy to their dry and earthy-woody clattering and scuttling sounds in the midst of the wild natural soundscape - and of course a really nice change from the ethereal refinement of the precision tuned metal chimes.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 33
Strange chimes, again! - Overlooking the Teign Gorge. The first and primary recording of a short but productive session on 2 January 2013 by the Hunter's Path, almost at the top of the northern steep valley slope.
1. A really strange and immensely beautiful combination of SIX sets of chimes: Bamboo chimes (large and small set), with Woodstock Chimes of Pluto + Chimes of Polaris + Chimes of Mercury + Chimes of Mars. The wind and thus the chimes activity varies really nicely, from quite strong gusts to almost complete lulls and chimes quiescence.
2. The same, but minus the Mars chimes. That completely changes the musical effect, because now all the metal chimes have pentatonic tuning, which had been masked to varying extents by the presence of the Mars chimes.
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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 34
Really peaceful! Springtime birds and some gentle chimes, recorded on 19 March 2014 at the highest spot on the Hunter's Path, Teign Gorge. The chimes combinations are strange but beautiful:
1. Gregorian Tenor, Olympos, Pluto, Polaris, Mercury, Mars
2. Olympos, Mars
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PGC-112

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 35
Strange and beautiful chimes combinations, with springtime birds, recorded on 19 March 2014 at the highest spot on the Hunter's Path, Teign Gorge. The chimes combinations as follows:
1. Gregorian Tenor, Olympos, Pluto, Polaris, Mercury, Mars
2. Gregorian Tenor, Olympos, Pluto, Polaris, Mercury
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PGC-113

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 36
Strange and beautiful chimes combinations, with springtime birds, recorded on 19 March 2014 at the highest spot on the Hunter's Path, Teign Gorge. The chimes combinations as follows:
1. Olympos, Pluto, Polaris, Mercury, Mars
2. Gregorian Tenor, Pluto, Polaris, Mercury, Mars
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PGC-114

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 37
Strange and beautiful chimes combinations, with springtime birds, recorded on 1 April 2014 at the highest spot on the Hunter's Path, Teign Gorge.
For this album it is a particularly good idea to listen carefully to the preview excerpts before deciding whether to purchase, for especially the Track 2 chimes combination is liable to have a strong emotional effect for some people. I explain very briefly about this in the CD's cover insert.
The chimes combinations as follows:
1. Olympos, Mars
2. Olympos, Polaris
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PGC-115

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 38
Strange and beautiful chimes combinations, with springtime birds, recorded on 1 April 2014 at the highest spot on the Hunter's Path, Teign Gorge.
For this album it is a particularly good idea to listen carefully to the preview excerpts before deciding whether to purchase, for the particular chimes combinations are liable to have a strong emotional effect for some people. I explain very briefly about this in the CD's cover insert.
The chimes combinations as follows:
1. Olympos, Pluto, Polaris, Mercury
2. Olympos, Polaris, Mercury
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PGC-116

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 39
Extraordinary chimes! The combination of the Chimes of Olympos and Gypsy Mezzo + Soprano chimes is partially dissonant to traditional Western ears, yet has a refreshing and invigorating beauty as the wind moves the chimes to bring a constant interplay between teasing dissonances and obvious consonance. As if the sound of those three suspended above the Teign Gorge is not extraordinary enough, I then added smaller chimes tuned to modes on the pentatonic scale, which add another abundant layer of breathtaking variety and beauty in the sound.
Recorded on 15 April 2014 at the highest spot on the Hunter's Path, Teign Gorge. On this day it was windier and the birds singing less than on the two previous recording sessions there, so birdsong is less prominent this time, though it is still enough to be a delightful component of the overall soundscape. The chimes combinations as follows:
1. Olympos, Gypsy Mezzo+Soprano
2. Olympos, Gypsy Mezzo+Soprano, Polaris, Mercury
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PGC-117

78'
2 tracks

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 40
Extraordinary chimes! The combination of the Chimes of Olympos and Gypsy Mezzo + Soprano chimes is partially dissonant to traditional Western ears, yet has a refreshing and invigorating beauty as the wind moves the chimes to bring a constant interplay between teasing dissonances and obvious consonance. As if the sound of those three suspended above the Teign Gorge is not extraordinary enough, for this album I added smaller chimes tuned to different scales, which add another abundant layer of breathtaking variety and beauty in the sound. The Chimes of Mars in particular, despite their small size, have a remarkably strong and positive musical effect on the sound of the whole ensemble.
On this day it was windier and the birds singing less than on the two previous recording sessions there, so birdsong is only occasional this time. Recorded on 15 April 2014 at the highest spot on the Hunter's Path, Teign Gorge. The chimes combinations as follows:
1. Olympos, Gypsy Mezzo+Soprano, Mars
2. Olympos, Gypsy Mezzo+Soprano, Polaris, Mercury, Mars
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PGC-156

64'
3 tracks

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Wind Chimes in the Wild - Vol. 41
Although my Wind Chimes in the Wild recording project is finished, at least for the time being, I still had these three recordings from my session of 1 April 2014 at the highest point of the Hunter's Path above the Teign Gorge, Drewsteignton, Devon, UK, which did not fit into the CDs I had been aiming to make from that session. More recently I reviewed my 'orphaned' recordings and found that the three 'orphans' from that date, when put together in chronological sequence, actually make a really nice CD in their own right.
This is an album of primarily spring birdsong, with periodic generally gentle chimes sound, for the wind was mostly gentle, often lapsing into periods of near-calm. The particular combinations of (Woodstock) chimes make for an exquisite beauty and lightness of sound but also a feeling of sadness, which seems to key in, in a very harmonious and balancing way, with the bright and airy birdsong.
As usual for this location, all the recordings have the constant backdrop of a very quiet rushing sound from the River Teign far below.
1. Birdsong with no chimes at all, making a really nice introduction.
2. Birdsong with periodic gentle chimes activity: Chimes of Olympos, Pluto, Polaris, and Mercury - so we have three sets of chimes on pentatonic modes, sounding above the larger and thus deeper-sounding and indeed rather sad sounding Olympos chimes, which are tuned to an ancient Greek scale. Often one gets the impression of wisps of chimes sound here and there, drifting among the birdsong. And the birdsong in this recording catches something that none of my other chimes recordings ever caught - a yellowhammer's song, with its "little bit of bread and no -- cheeeeese".
3. A shorter track - actually the unused portion of a recording that made half of Vol. 38 of this series. The chimes sounds are as sparse as on Track 2 here, though without yellowhammers; the chimes combination is the same except that it lacks the Pluto chimes. Again, exquisitely beautiful.
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New recordings to follow, in Premium section

With regard to new recordings in the Wind Chimes in the Wild series, I have had a second change of plan. First, I was regarding the project as completed and finished, with nothing to follow PCG-156 above. Then, with the vastly superior soundstage that my new Sony PCM-D100 recorders could achieve, I decided that from late winter in 2017 I would make new recordings of a modest number of combinations of my extant chimes, to replace the corresponding CDs listed above.

However, in December 2016 I changed plan again. No, I wouldn't after all re-record any of the chimes combinations that are listed above, and would once again regard that part of the project as finished, but I would add a whole new section to the project, to record some very special new chimes...

I will thus be using four new sets of chimes, this time from Davis Blanchard Wind Chimes, plus a couple of absolutely unique custom-tuned sets from the same source (tuned to the scale of my orchestral composition Music From the Mountain Waters). All these Davis Blanchard chimes are of highest quality, precision-tuned to concert pitch of A448 (unusual), in just intonation. The four stock tunings that I chose each contain some piquant or mildly dissonant element, which makes them sound quite intriguing on their own and considerably more so when combined either with each other or with any of my Woodstock or Music of the Spheres chimes.



Recording 'interesting' sea activity by the seaward aspect
of Boscastle blowhole, Cornwall, UK
 

 

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