- In New Mexico: Wind get an expansive collection of coniferous and grassland wind from winter high in Jemez mountains. Hear the buttery smooth roar of long Ponderosa pine needles and the eerie moods of Parry's Oatgrass stalks whistling. Hear roaring 50 mph gusts whipping and ominous creaks as 500 year old desert trees struggle to stay vertical.
- This library offers a large collection of winds from the American Southwest. The wide open spaces of these desert landscapes are soothing to my soul. I hope you enjoy the sounds of these beautiful spaces. Thanks for listening.
- Zero wildlife. You'll only hear wind.
- Light, moderate, and heavy coniferous forest winds
- Light, moderate, and heavy dry grassland winds
- Wind Whistles – these rarely occur naturally in the wild, but I found a type of tall grass with a sturdy stalk that actually sings! Gusts through Parry's Oatgrass have a similar sound to wind through wires.
- Seas of tall Parry's Oatgrass grass whistling in the wind
- Dry winter grasses
- Ominous wind tones from distant long-needled Ponderosa Pines
- Eerie branch creaks, squeaks, and groans
- Soothing air tones in high altitude grasslands
- Blowing snow
- Often, when watching movies you'll hear ominous wind whistles in scenes with pure nature. Wind whistles like that don't exist in most natural spaces! Those eerie whistles are usually created by some sort of man-made structure, such as, wind blowing through wires.
- That said, I finally found some naturally occurring "whistles". There is a tall grass in New Mexico called Parry's Oatgrass with a long stalk of 1-2 meters. The key to the whistling is the density of the oatgrass. It grows in separate bundles and not as one continuous field of grass.
- These tall exposed stalks have enough space between that they actually whistle! It is not as pronounced as a wire whistle but you definitely get a rising and drop in pitch with each gust of wind.
- I placed my mics at the base of the grass bundles, then I built small wind walls using snow to protect mics from gusts. Using that setup, I was able to capture the whistling oatgrass just above the mics.
- Many grassland recordings made in winter overwhelm the listener with an abrasive dry hiss. I don't enjoy hearing that hiss as the only element of a soundscape, so my solution was to find high altitude meadows that border forests of Ponderosa Pine. The deep, buttery smooth sound of long-needled Ponderosas mixes with the swish and whistles of the oatgrass to make a perfectly tuned wind soundscape that I have grown to love. I hope you enjoy listening.
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- Stereo Only: recorded in AB (L/R) – these recordings do not include a Quad version
- Stereo: recorded in AB (L/R)
- Quad: recorded in Quad (L/R/Ls/Rs)
- Decoded Stereo: Double Mid/Side decoded to Stereo (L/R)
- Decoded Quad: Double Mid/Side decoded to Quad (L/R/Ls/Rs)
|Stereo Specs: 8.5 GB – 96 kHz / 24-bit – 65 stereo WAV files – Approx. 4 hours total
|Quad Specs: 9.8 GB – 96 kHz / 24-bit – 35 Quad WAV files – Approx. 2.3 hours total
|Stereo + Quad Specs: 18.4 GB – 4 hours total
Metadata: Universal Category System, CSV, Soundminer, BWAV
Categories: WINDVege, Temperate Forest, Grassland
Location: New Mexico – January 2022
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- Sennheiser MKH8040 pair and MKH30
- LOM Usi and Usi Pro
- Sound Devices MixPre-3 II and MixPre-6
- Sony D100 and A10
- Cinela Pianissimo DMS Blimp
- Cinela LEO20 Blimps
- Bubblebee Wind Bubbles