“Geophony, from the Greek prefix, geo, meaning earth-related, and phon, meaning sound, is one of three sonic components of a soundscape … geophony refers to the sounds of natural forces, such as water, wind, and thunder, occurring in wild, relatively undisturbed habitats.”
This collection of 12 low-noise, cinematic sound effects features purely geophonic wind and water recordings from the Saharan Atlas Mountains – a feature-rich desert landscape of dry habitats sparsely dotted with periodic lakes and rivers (for wildlife-rich recordings see its partner-library North African Desert, Steppe and Scrubland).
All tracks are spatially balanced and carefully mastered to be rich in low-frequencies whilst not overpowering, allowing the mid and high frequencies to cut through the soundtrack. You will be reaching for them again and again to add atmosphere, energy and natural realism when designing soundscapes for all types of locations, particularly open habitats such as oceans or deserts. These recordings have been used on countless National Geographic, BBC and Discovery natural history series.
- 7 recordings of wind over rocky and sandy surfaces and through vegetation
- 5 recordings of water in lakes and streams
- detailed Soundminer and BWAV metadata including species
- all recordings free of human-originated noise
- rich in low frequencies
Shrublands, periodic-lakes and riverbeds, streams, sand-dune deserts, rock-deserts, stoney and grassy plains and rocky mountain-slopes.
Due to a technical fault (with the power to a Sound Devices 744T – I can’t tell you how disappointing that was!) what was supposed to be a collection of 5.0 surround recordings ended-up in stereo – a Sennheiser MKH30/8040 MS microphone setup recorded through Sound Devices MixPre-D preamps into a Sony PCM-D50.
- Low-noise (although expect lower signal-noise ratio for those recordings with very little atmospheric sound)
- Carefully mastered to remove any unwanted artefacts whilst preserving low-frequency energy
- Spatially balanced to ensure a coherent and immersive stereo image appropriate to the recording.
- Continuous, unedited and uninterrupted, preserving the natural rhythms of the biophony.
All sounds recorded by Nicholas Allan, a Jackson Hole and BAFTA-nominated sound editor who, along with his team, has created the natural soundtracks for countless natural history TV documentaries and feature films for National Geographic, BBC, Discovery, Netflix and others.
Special thanks to: José Luis Sánchez Balsera, Javi Herrera, Jose María Gil Sánchez, Andrew Wilson and Jolanta Brdej.