Field Recording Blog

For his latest sound effects libraries, independent field recordist Thomas Rex Beverly spent a huge amount of time experimenting with rock sounds - the result? A large selection of rich sounds of rocks and stone, including recordings that are surprisingly effective for creature vocalizations. Here's how he made those rocks 'talk', and what the results sound like:
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This library grew out of my training as a classical composer. In graduate school, I studied John Cage’s music including Child of Tree (1975) which gave me the idea to explore the sounds of cacti. Cage’s use of amplified plant materials was full of exciting possibilities to investigate as a field recordist.

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The ringing rocks in Pennsylvania are a mysterious natural phenomenon, and no-one can explain exactly what causes these boulders to ring when you hit them. But they do ring for sure, producing chime-like tones – and now recordist Thomas Rex Beverly has created a new SFX library with these sounds. Here’s how he captured the sounds of these strange rocks:
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