The sounds of running water in Boreal River © create an excellent ambience for meditation. The environmental elements of insects, birds and breezes create a slowly evolving experience of summer river sounds that are perfect for relaxation.
This Boreal River © was recorded in late summer. It is the driest time of the year. This is when the river is at its gentlest, as it bubbles and swirls around exposed rocks and shoals. It is a cool joyful sound. All the insects of a hot summer afternoon are active. Bees buzz by, different insects drop in to chirp, drone, clack, "zeep", and otherwise make their presence known. A few birds also visit on their way to the water. Afternoon breezes rustle through the poplars and white birch now and then, providing some relief to the unusual heat. As one listens, one begins to perceive an entire natural orchestra of a multitude of different players. Each individual adds their own unique voice and tempo of life into the mix.
The recording location is about 6 meters above the river on a rocky bank. Several rocky areas in the river are below, creating the water sounds. The small evergreen tree and shrub to the right of the microphones are acting as a windbreak. The rock and shallow soil are good habitat for grasses, wildflowers and berry bushes, and it heats up well in the afternoon sun. Insects find this habitat more favorable then the cool forest. The choice of this recording location, creates a natural audio balance of water, wind and insects.
Boreal River Sounds © features a long 10 second fade-in at the beginning and a slow fade-out at the end so there are no sudden disturbing interruptions when played looped. Boreal River Sounds © is a natural soundscape composed of edited digital stereo quasi-binaural field recordings. Encoded at a bitrate of 192 kps for quality listening.