I am having trouble sleeping at night (coming out of night shift), so I listen. Either to the radio, podcasts or ... the outside. There are huge firs next to the house and I just love their sound. Even just a tiny bit of wind can make them sing, and if it's just a tiny bit of wind you can even hear individual leaves, the needles, the cones etc. They never ever fail to fascinate me.
My beloved hopes they will fall, whenever there is a storm. OK, I have to agree, firs are a really bad choice. Nothing can grow underneath and after 40 years they have grown so high they hide the beautiful view I still remember from 30 years ago when my parents bought this flat. But they are standing on the neighbouring property, so ...
It's a wonder. All around here forests are dying from bork beetles etc., but these trees are strong and healthy.
Despite everything I am extremely happy they are here. I would miss the songs they are singing when played by the wind.
This is the unedited, untreated raw recording. This is a binaural recording, therefore headphones are recommended. And the volume is really low, because that's just the way it is.
I also like the sound of distant cars, their noise gives an impression of the landscape, the space. Can you hear how the sound first seems to disappear when the street is hidden by a small hill and returns once it's back to open space?
The wind does make a few unwanted noises within the mics as I was not wearing the wind shields. Would have had to look for them, but as I just intended this to be a test recording, to get to know my equipment, checking the settings etc. I did not go fetch them. I did not at all intend to do a "proper" recording tonight. Because I liked this one I continued. But any later recordings may be technically better, but less spacy and dynamic and I really like this one. So ... /bad/good/ luck.
And as I said, raw and unprocessed. But I think the mics and recorder are doing a good job also with really quiet and detailed sounds like these. And artificially raising the volume in post processing ... I do that only of I really need to because I want to use the sounds for something that requires manual changes. But for now this only goes into the archive, therefore no "photoshopping". The only change I did was creating an mp3 from the original 24/96 wav file.