I am Robin Barstow, a field recordist and sound designer based in Oslo, Norway. “Sounds of Norway” is my project producing sounds and ambiences for your creative projects of any kind. Perfect for film post, commercials, game audio or whatever your project is!
Two planks and two sticks, a simple yet effective way of transportation on snow. This release has various tracks, trails and off-trail skiing covered. Fast passbys, slow trekking, speeding down hill, falling down hill, climbing steep inclines, skidding stops and point of view skiing.
Icey cold fast swishing skiis, stomping through deep snow or leisurely gliding through a beautiful winter landscape.
Also includes some unique listening angles, single stomps & slides, and a couple of track preparation machines.
Techniques: Stereo ORTF – Equipment used: Sennheiser MKH8040ST, RME UC(preamp) and Sony PCM D50(recorder).
Electric Vehicle is a special library that showcases a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle). For this release I wanted to focus on the EV mode of this vehicle even though it has a measly 45km of electric battery range! But no worries! Now you can drive endlessly on battery-power with “Electric Vehicle” by Sounds of Norway!
– A Wet North Minilibrary
Originally shipped as a bonus library with “Wet North“(a comprehensive library including waves, rivers, streams, waterfalls and weather), Geothermal is a small library including bubbling mud pits, steam and geyser eruptions. All recordings are captured at the famous and much-visited geothermal geyser Strokkur in Selfoss, Iceland.
It’s Coffee time! This release includes every step, from pulling that perfect espresso shot, to steaming milk or just playing around with the awesome steam wand! (If hissing pressure wooshes is what you like)
Featuring a popular home espresso machine built with professional grade parts, making the sounds applicable for café situations as well as at home. From start to finish: filling water tank, filling beans, grinding, tamping, wiping, placing portafilter, placing a cup, pulling a shot, pouring milk, frothing milk, combining liquids and more – in mono and stereo versions – close up and distanced.
So that you can have detail, but also general café or home barista atmosphere from a far.
– Steamy wooshes and whirring coffee beans -
Also there is plenty of foley stuff you can pick up in the longer recordings where the whole process from start to finish is portrayed; like picking up cups and dumping grounds or just general coffee making clatter.
Techniques: Stereo ORTF and Mono – Equipment used: Sennheiser MKH8040ST, RME UC(preamp), Sony PCM D50(recorder).
“The Zinc Mines” is a collection of high quality ambient and close up recordings from within the various levels, drifts, shafts and caverns of the underground Zinc Mines located in Grue, Norway.
Specifically these recordings were done in the mines called “Nysetergruvene”. The atmosphere inside the mountain mine is cold and wet, with water dripping between levels, trickling down shafts and dripping in large pools.
The recordings vary from extremely quiet and sparse dripping to gushing intense waterfalls with varying distance to source.
Cutting and stabbing, squishing and handling. A whole bunch of different vegetables are getting what's coming for them in this cut up library that feeds your vegetable cutting scenes needs! All these high quality recordings were done in an acoustically treated studio for increased usability in your projects.
Just imagine: A calm kitchen environment featuring your favourite vegetables getting prepared for that beautiful vegetable dish your serving tonight! Or: Picture a cold, dripping cellar featuring your favourite evil guy, stabbing the hell out of a canary melon! No? Oh well you get the point: Vegetable sounds can be used for a lot of things…. and you probably knew that if you're here.
This collection features a wide selection of wet sounds recorded over many years. Including over 5 hours of high quality recordings: streams, rivers, waterfalls, hydro electric power plants, ocean waves, lake atmospheres, water scenes, boat scenes, car scenes, rain, thunder storms, hail and also dripping and trickling close perspective sounds. Locations all over Norways coast, islands and inland including a few mountains.
Torrential rains, soft trickling mountain streams, breaking waves and gushing waterfalls!
Also including unique recording of spring melt ice floating down a mountain river 1000 masl., a couple of start to stop thunderstorms, and water dripping on, listening from within, a wheelbarrow.
Bonus content: Mini Icelandic hot spring pack, including: Geysir (Strokkur) eruption, Hot bubbling water/steam and mud.
Many years of trekking in the Dovre mountains (Dovrefjell) at heights from 900 to 1200 masl. and temperatures reaching down to -20°C, has led to many unique recordings.
My main goal when on Dovrefjell was to capture the “sound” of the harsh climate that dominates up there. Subsequently it was hard to avoid the ever restless wind. But it can be quite tricky to capture the sound of wind (or rather the sound of wind on or through objects) and there are only some “sweet spots”, in this vast high altitude climate scattered with rocks and tiny trees, that will generate a good recording.
These recordings were done crouching behind rocks, on cliff sides, on top of summits, behind weathered shelters, old mountain farms and bushes. Partially freezing my hands of, operating recording equipment.
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