Nature Sound of the Month – Final goodbyes and August round-up

Annoucement

As mentioned last month, August was the last challenge to be issued for Nature Sound of the Month.

A year has gone since the challenge was launched and the first theme was released. It’s been a lot of fun to listen to your sounds and sonic memories, but it is time to end this challenge. New projects are about to be launched and demand too much of my attention. I simply don’t have the time to maintain this challenge running.

With Nature Sound of the Month, I wanted to broaden your experience of the outdoors by asking you to listen. Too many outdoors challenges ask you to focus on what you see rather than what you hear. And while visuals can be stunning they are not always present, nor do they necessarily align with beautiful sounds. When you close your eyes, your perception of a place change. What was the best scenery can turn into nothing much, and vice versa. My quest open ears if not over however. It is simply undergoing a change of format.

I want to thank everyone who shared the challenge along the way and sent contribution, in the forms of recordings or words. It’s been fantastic to discover people’s interpretation of the themes.

I hope you have enjoyed the challenge as much as I did.

But before I close this challenge for good, there is one last round-up to complete. Here it is.

August round-up

Last month, the nature sound of the month focused on the sounds of your holidays and rest days. Here is what has been captured:

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad (Return Trip)
Recorded by Vince Hancock.


Recorded by Jonathan.


Recorded by me.

What have you been listening to this past August?

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Nature Sound of the Month: The weather

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the challenge last month. I hope you’ve enjoyed capturing your sounds as much as I’ve enjoyed listening to them. Check out the round-up of sounds from doing something wild in the previous post today.

Theme of the month: The weather

Rain, sun, wind, hail, snow, and everything in between. It’s everywhere around us, everyday and we have no control over it. We moan about it, we wait in expectation, we sometimes even delight about it. But do we listen to it?

The sound of rain on a window is often described as peaceful while the pouring rain while out on a hike is more often talked about as miserable. Cycle against the wind and all you’ll hear will be the whistle of air in your ears, the rest of nature unknown for a while. And what about snow, soft and crunching under foot, or slushy and messy as it begins to melt.

So this month, whatever the weather, I’m asking you to listen to the weather.

What is it about?

There are many challenges out there to help you make the most of the outdoors, but more often than not they focus on what you see rather than what you hear. Visuals can certainly be stunning but they are not always present. Close your eyes and the scenery is gone. This is not so with sounds. You cannot close off your ears. You can ignore the sounds but they are here nonetheless and some part of you are registering them. So this challenge focuses on sounds, specifically nature sounds, and asks you to get out there and record them.

How does it work?

On the 1st of every month, I’ll publish a post with a prompt for what to listen to. This prompt is aimed to help you open your ears to nature and is by no means a rule to follow. You can record something else if another sound picks your interest.

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Nature Sound of the Month – June round-up

Last month, the nature sound of the month focused on doing something wild, asking you to listen more to wildlife and nature around you. Here is what has been captured:

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Recorded by Alwennia.


Recorded by me.

Other nature sounds that caught my ear in June:
by Forgotten Fields

Flood noises and After the flood by Sounds Like Noise

by Richard Fair

What have you been listening to this past June?

Nature Sound of the Month: Do something wild

Prior commitments and a bad flu mean that I’m a day late in posting the challenge this month. But here it is, not forgotten, just delayed by a day.

Theme of the month: Do something wild

For the last few of years, The Wildlife Trusts have run a campaign called #30DaysWild, asking people to rewild their life. They don’t want you to hike up mountain or get lost in the wilderness. What they want is for you to pay more attention to nature in your immediate surroundings.

And this is a great idea. It’s so easy to get carried away by everyday life and forget that no matter where we live, nature is here. So this month, rather than set a specific theme, I’m asking you to join The Wildlife Trusts in their quest for the everyday wildlife.

See it, touch it, listen to it. And press record.

So this month I’m asking you to make space for nature in your everyday life.

What is it about?

There are many challenges out there to help you make the most of the outdoors, but more often than not they focus on what you see rather than what you hear. Visuals can certainly be stunning but they are not always present. Close your eyes and the scenery is gone. This is not so with sounds. You cannot close off your ears. You can ignore the sounds but they are here nonetheless and some part of you are registering them. So this challenge focuses on sounds, specifically nature sounds, and asks you to get out there and record them.

How does it work?

On the 1st of every month, I’ll publish a post with a prompt for what to listen to. This prompt is aimed to help you open your ears to nature and is by no means a rule to follow. You can record something else if another sound picks your interest.

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Nature Sound of the Month: Plants and you

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the challenge last month. I hope you’ve enjoyed capturing your sounds as much as I’ve enjoyed listening to them. Check out the round-up of sounds from animal life in the previous post today.

Theme of the month: Plants and you

When we think of the sounds of nature, we don’t often think of plants. We don’t hear them grow or die. We see them, we touch them, we smell them, and we also eat them. But what sounds do they create?

Do you remember the sound of a rose’s stem being cut? What about your breath blowing on a puffy dandelion to make the seeds fly away? And the sound of wheat as you walk through a field? Or even the crackling of dry algae on a beach?

So this month I’m asking you to listen to your interaction with plants.

What is it about?

There are many challenges out there to help you make the most of the outdoors, but more often than not they focus on what you see rather than what you hear. Visuals can certainly be stunning but they are not always present. Close your eyes and the scenery is gone. This is not so with sounds. You cannot close off your ears. You can ignore the sounds but they are here nonetheless and some part of you are registering them. So this challenge focuses on sounds, specifically nature sounds, and asks you to get out there and record them.

How does it work?

On the 1st of every month, I’ll publish a post with a prompt for what to listen to. This prompt is aimed to help you open your ears to nature and is by no means a rule to follow. You can record something else if another sound picks your interest.

Continue reading