Natural Soundscape CDs for everyone!
People often ask me what one would use such CDs for. The answer is simple: for pretty well everyone they are the much healthier alternative to listening to lots and lots of music. While listening to healthy types of music (which only a small minority do to start with) can be positive and beneficial, listening to even the healthiest music choices regularly for extended periods is harmful for anyone.
That is why it makes really great sense to play a good variety of harmonious and engaging natural soundscape recordings instead for much of the time (i.e., of the time in which one plays any recorded sound at all). The use of such recordings comes into its own especially for city dwellers and others whose surroundings are either too silent or are replete with inharmonious sounds such as traffic.
The recordings that I offer differ markedly from the vast majority of those sold as 'relaxation sounds', because the 'relaxation' that those sources are meaning is actually a very unhealthy state of collapse and mental non-function. By contrast, a healthy relaxed state is a vibrant, aware and alert one - and the sort of recordings that I am offering are aimed to support and cultivate such a healthy relaxed state. Instead of boring you to sleep or into some sort of ungrounded blank 'meditational' state, my recordings are generally full of variety and detail, and engage the listener and encourage a joyful and observant harmony with one's natural surroundings - a really healthy state of mindfulness.
These recordings thus can be listened to both as background for attending to other things, and also at other times more like a work of classical music, where one listens attentively to it and gains a major and really active experience from it.
A few of the recordings are special purpose ones, too unvarying for regular listening but particularly effective for assisting going to sleep. I strongly recommend that if you do want recorded natural sounds to assist your getting to sleep, you try using other, more varied recordings first, such as certain of the sea recordings listed below. I recommend the special purpose sleep-assist recordings ONLY where you cannot get to sleep with a more varied sound.
Important! - Accurate, not 'hi-fi', speaker system required to hear these recordings properly!Sea sounds in particular sound wrong (typically much too boomy) even from the best of speakers if you don't apply effective measures to correct for room resonances and other acoustic quirks. I explain on my Broad Horizon Natural Soundscapes page what you can do to get sea and other natural soundscapes reasonably faithfully reproduced.
Reducing hearing loss and clearing tinnitus
You may have read on other sites, or been told by a 'specialist', that in order to combat tinnitus you need to be listening, even as much as 24/7, to recordings of relatively unvaried white-noisy* natural sounds such as sea, waterfalls or rain (indeed, even just pure white noise itself), and you need to avoid anything in the recordings that would engage your attention, such as seagull calls.
* My reference to white noise here is only because more non-specialist people would have an idea of what I mean. Actually it is not white noise that one gets in natural sounds, nor what one would sensibly use as a supposed anti-tinnitus background, but pink noise, which has a much gentler loading of high frequencies and more distinct weighting of low frequencies.
I understand that that approach has brought about some tinnitus reduction for some people (i.e., in the short term) - but when I tried it myself for my own increasing tinnitus issue, it quickly became clear to me that that whole approach is a serious distortion of what we really need to do in order to resolve a tinnitus issue or indeed avoid tinnitus in the first place. Indeed, it would be a blight on anyone's life to be condemned for evermore to having to be surrounded by dull, uninteresting sound that is always standing between you and your actual surroundings and indeed cutting you off from the latter and thus ungrounding your awareness.
As I found out from my own personal experimentation, the real way forward is to retrain oneself to listen more awarely to the sounds in one's surroundings, and to notice even very small details within those sounds, including the nature and characteristics of each sound itself. When you do that you are grounding your auditory awareness and progressively weakening the tendency for tinnitus feedback loops to establish themselves. Also, this approach is essential if you seriously mean to maintain your hearing into and through old age, with minimum high frequency (or other) hearing loss. I am not claiming that this regime would necessarily enable people to retain 100% hearing ability right through their lives, but rather, that by awarely applying it they would at least be less prone than otherwise to hearing loss, all other things being equal. Also it would make life altogether more interesting and enjoyable.
The sort of recordings that I am producing are just the right sort of thing to assist you for this purpose, where the sounds of your immediate surroundings are not enough or are inharmonious in some way. These recordings provide you with plenty of engaging detail and variety - and they are ALL authentic natural soundscapes, whether with or without wind chimes, with no studio recording nor looping nor over-dubbing; you hear just what was to be heard out there in the wild - that is, of course, minus various inevitable disturbances that have been edited out.
I differ from many 'specialist' sources, in
cautioning against long-term very extended listening to recorded sounds - even as
'healthy' as the natural soundscape recordings that I offer. The healthy way forward is to
listen to such recordings reasonably sparingly and thus to have plenty of time in which
you are fully in touch with the sounds of your actual surroundings (i.e., minus
interferences such as TVs, radios and so on), and are noticing the plethora of detail in
those sounds - such as bird sounds (and get identifying the birds making them, too!). That
is all an essential aspect of getting your auditory awareness properly grounded so that
you have minimal or indeed no further tendency for tinnitus feedback loops to develop, as
well as generally minimizing hearing loss.
The player facility for listening to preview excerpts
In November 2016 I experimentally replaced the previous 'play' buttons on my CD Store pages, each of which had a straightforward hyperlink to the respective soundfile, with an HTML5 audio element that displays as a very basic embedded player. This has the advantage that you play the excerpts right on the page, without getting a pop-up or being redirected to another page with a Flash player. Flash is best not used, because of its ongoing security issues.
However, I found that a large number of those HTML5 audio elements on a page cause some browsers (maybe most) to run very slowly and even become almost unusable while the particular page is loaded - and they are almost uneditable in BlueGriffon, my web page editor. Google Chrome is the one glowing exception, which appears to have no problem whatsoever with pages crammed with them. I therefore could not use that audio-player facility in my CD-Store pages until I had split them up into a separate page for each section. And even now the longest section - Wind Chimes in the Wild in the Main part of the Store - was causing browsers to run slow, so I had to revert it to the previous 'Play' buttons with plain hyperlinks.
If you have difficulties with any of the pages using the little on-page players, such as browser running slow or the player not working well or indeed at all, please do let me know, making sure to tell me what browser you were using, and its version (the latter usually found under Help > About). Please note, though, that if the player won't play for you, at least you can right-click on it (or touch-screen equivalent) to get the context menu, and save the file to your system to play in your own media player. If enough people report problems that cannot readily be fixed, I would abandon the experiment and revert to my old 'Play' buttons.
One additional issue that I am aware of is that Internet Explorer makes a hideous visual mess of the HTML5 players, which show up on my system in a brash black, white and purple and far too big. But then generally Internet Explorer is best not used in the first place except as a backup option where a page isn't working properly in your regular browser.
The CDs as listed in the following sections are all commercially produced and sold on my behalf by the 'produce on demand' service CreateSpace (part of the Amazon group). The 'Buy now!' links in each listing take you to the respective secure pages on CreateSpace's e-Store system, where you can read notes about the respective albums and make purchases.
Because CreateSpace is in the USA, unfortunately all the CDs are priced in dollars. That means that inevitably the price converted into GB £ will vary according to the exchange rate, and so the conversions given on this site are only approximations as I am only occasionally updating them.
For further information on many of the recordings, please visit Broad Horizon Natural Soundscapes.
The odd titles may occasionally be briefly suspended in order to receive updates to their artwork or indeed CD contents. The period of suspension results from CreateSpace's approval system, which is triggered when any revised artwork or content are submitted.
If you thus find that a title you require is 'on hold', please note that its unavailability would last for no more than a week or two, and indeed quite often just a day or two.
Also, some titles have been deleted in the odd pruning session. This is inevitable as a
rare occurrence as further, more distinguished recordings are put on CD - though
actually from May 2016 there has been an increased incidence of this happening as I
replace some of the extant recordings made with the PCM-M10 recorder with more or less
equivalent ones made with the PCM-D100 recorder, which latter gives a much more focused
and lifelike soundstage.
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(All the soundscapes are in South-West England, UK)
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