Field Recording Blog

It's winter in the desert: a chilly 25 degrees, a hidden mountain valley, and barely audible wind whisping over a distant ridge top. Visualize that space and take a journey with me to the lovely desert of West Texas. You'll hear a lush wintertime silence that is one of my favorite sounds.
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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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I could hear the angst-ridden vocals of coyotes running to escape a wildfire. The howls and yips of an extremely close pack bouncing from high valley walls was stunning. It was like an echo chamber filled with the haunting howls of coyotes who has just had their home burned. It was at once beautiful and sad. 
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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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