Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What Every Habitat on Earth Sounds Like


The snow is coming down wet and heavy here in Brooklyn. If I could just get away for a minute to someplace warm and quiet, save for the lulling drone of an insect symphony, then maybe, just maybe, I could stop fixating on my cold, damp socks.

I can. And so can you. It's days like today that we should all feel deeply indebted to ambient crowdsourcing projects like Nature Soundmap, a new interactive global library of habitat noises.

The growing collection of high-quality field recordings and satellite imagery features the patient work of over 30 contributors scattered around the world, and features in stereo recordings made with a pair of mics so as to capture and deliver 360-degree sound direct to your noise-cancelling headphones (go ahead, put yours on now.) These binaural soundscapes "most accurately imitate the natural experience you would hear with your own two ears and provides a realistic representation of all of the sounds in a particular habitat or location," according to the project's About page.

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