Thank you all who have been along for the journey as we continue to expand our discography and gather more sounds from around the world.
Hello world! I'm back from my two month South American travels, and I brought with me 120 hours worth of recordings for Little Symphony. I couldn't be more excited to start editing some of these files in to album worthy segments, and Bryson is feeling very inspired and motivated to create the musical side of all these upcoming albums as fast as possible. That means, aside from the one month delay period between submission and distribution, there should be some amazing new sounds coming your way very soon.
Travelling With a Microphone
It was an incredibly interesting experience to base a lot of my trip around the process of taking these field recordings. It opened up travel opportunities I never would have experienced without the context of my handheld recorder. Firstly, it inspired in me a new type of presence. Whenever I travel I try to live in the moment as often as possible, but in the past that has been almost exclusively a visual and social experience. I observe the beauty of the place I'm visiting, and I am engaged in my conversations with locals or other travellers. But with my microphone in my bag, always ready to start a recording, my presence also became auditory. I started feeling hyper aware of all the sounds happening around me, whether I was in a bustling city, a small, cultural/musical town, hiking past a waterfall in the Andes, or surrounded by animals in the Amazon. This made my trip really enjoyable in the moment, and also has provided an amazing way to look back and remember it. Listening to my recordings now I am mentally transported to the destinations they came from and reminded of the beauty that was there. It has also been an amazing way to share my trip with others. It's common practice for travellers to take lots of pictures and show their friends and family when they get home, but it's not so common for travellers to be able to share the soundscape of the places they visited. I'm happy to have the opportunity to do this.
Looking Ahead to New Ideas
Now that Little Symphony content spreads across two continents, we are looking forward to new ideas for the website. We want to create an interactive map that sorts the albums by location of the field recording. This way, you can browse the map and select which part of the world you want your sleep music or relaxation sounds to come from. As I mentioned before, the sounds of an area are as important as photographs for conveying the experience to others. We hope that our interactive map, in combination with some beautiful photos, can bring others closer to the experience of travelling the world, even if they don't have the opportunity to actually travel themselves. It's also an incredibly exciting prospect to think of how many different places one could explore in one day in this way. A jump across an ocean would be just one click away, transporting you from South American rain forests to the Australian coast line. We will have to travel a lot more before we can fill out this map to a respectable amount of areas, but every idea has to start somewhere. Maybe as this map draws attention from our listeners we can encourage people to send us recordings from where they live, and populate the map much quicker.
For now, I also happen to be going to India in March for a month. I don't really know what to expect in terms of sounds I can record there, but I'm really excited to find out! Hopefully I find at least a couple soundscapes that will be good to convert in to Little Symphony albums. Potentially we will have to branch out from ambient, relaxing music and just start releasing any sounds we capture, in another format. For example, sounds of cars and people in a busy city doesn't exactly make for good sleep music, but it is still valuable for what I've been talking about in terms of conveying the experience of an area to somebody. India will certainly have plenty of interesting sounds to capture, and I look forward to experiencing and sharing them, whether they are relaxing or not. Until then, January and February will be devoted to releasing all the exciting content we already have collected. We also have a few other projects on the horizon, like a YouTube channel and improving our presence on Apple Music. Stay tuned for all Little Symphony has to bring you in 2019, it's going to be an exciting year for calming music!
What is Rainforest Music good for?
As many of our readers are aware, nature sounds are known to combat stress and muscle tension, helping you settle into a state of calm. Our Amazon Rainforest Music playlist is the perfect choice for the adventurous souls who crave a little more interesting sounds than the more common ocean waves or streams. This playlist was crafted specifically with work, reading and sleep in mind although it could be used for meditation, yoga and a variety of other purposes. Our seamless song transitions will ensure that you are uninterrupted in your activities no matter when you are choosing to listen.
A Little More on Our Amazon Rainforest Sounds
Pete has been down in Iquitos and other towns around Peru. Eastern Peru includes a portion of the Amazon Rainforest. Although the bulk of the Amazon Rainforest is found in Brazil, the dynamic nature of the forest offers enough variation for Little Symphony to capture a broad range of sounds. In future trips, and if Little Symphony continues to grow and thrive, Pete and I will likely revisit the Eastern side of the Amazon Rainforest to capture a completely new sonic palette.
As our authentic rainforest sound inspired playlist continue to roll out, we will be sure to update our Amazon Rainforest Music playlist. We are looking forward to having the playlist completely comprised of authentic rainforest sounds.
As always, thank you for listening to Little Symphony and for reading our blog. We are grateful for your listenership and your time. Have a great day!
Let us know on our Suggestions page if there are any additional sounds you would like to hear on our Relaxing Music Water playlist. Also let us know if there are any other types of sounds you would like a playlist focused around. Perhaps birds and other animal sounds? We are open to any and all suggestions. Our goal is to create music for our listeners and do our best to help you relax, so your feedback is important to us!
As always, thank you for listening to our music and reading our posts. Have a great day!
8 Hour Deep Sleep features a variety of our best nature recordings and music. You will experience crashing ocean waves of the Juan De Fuca Trail, majestic loons from Narrow Lake, AB and an assortment of other rain, creek, bird, and bug sounds.
If you don’t typically sleep for a full 8 hours, then have no fear. Please know that we also have a 9 Hour Sleep Playlist, 6 Hour Sleep Playlist and 1 Hour Sleep Playlist for those of you who would prefer a different length.
Why is Bedtime Music Beneficial?
Our 8 Hour Deep Sleep playlist is perfect for bedtime reading or chilling as well. You can start the playlist beforehand and let the pleasant sounds of nature and ambient music soak into your subconscious while you get sleepy. As any of our long term readers already know, nature sounds and ambient music are both known to reduce stress levels and aid in relaxation. The mixing of the two makes for the perfect sleep aid.
When your body is stressed, cortisol is produced. Cortisol and stress drive the fight or flight response. Both of these responses are not ideal for sleep as they are biological adaptations to ensure us humans are ready to tackle the dangers that lie ahead. Although heroic sounding, these feelings are not welcome when trying to get to sleep. Luckily, people who listen to the sounds of nature are able to reduce their heart rate, lower muscle tension and experience overall reduced levels of stress. All of this adds up to a deeper and more restful sleep.
In addition to the sleep benefits of nature sounds, the ambient music mixed into our albums contributes as well. With a BPM (beats per minute) of 60-68, our albums intentionally play at about the same rate as the human adult heart rate when asleep. This further aids the listener to calm down.
With all that said, we encourage you to try out our 8 Hour Deep Sleep playlist tonight. With any luck, you will feel the calming effects of the nature sounds and music while you drift off into a deep slumber. In the morning, make sure to leave us a comment in our comments section about how great your sleep was ;)
As always, thank you for choosing Little Symphony for your relaxation and nature music needs. We plan on continuing to expand our discography and welcome all suggestions on our suggestions form to help us continue to improve what we do.
Goodnight, and sweet dreams!
Calming Music for Kids is the perfect choice when your children are studying, reading, or doing other related calm tasks. The tempo of the music combined with the relaxing nature sounds will ensure that your child is able to focus on the task at hand.
Please let us know if you have any feedback for our new playlist on our suggestions page. We welcome any and all feedback in an effort to ensure we are providing the best nature music that we can.
As always, thank you for reading our blog and for choosing Little Symphony for your relaxation music needs. Have a great day!
Microphone Upgrade and the Juan de Fuca trail, BC
At this point we purchased a Zoom H4n Handy Field Recording microphone. Now we could record sounds wherever we wanted with ease! The microphone arrived just in time for my trip to Vancouver Island with my girlfriend, Sydney. We hiked the Juan de Fuca trail on the Western coastline of Vancouver Island. The hike was stunning and the sounds were beautiful. Many of our albums like Sombrio and Bear Beach were created using sounds from this trip. It feels good to have self-recorded sounds from two different provinces, but as the nature lovers we are, we felt the need to keep expanding.
Pete’s Trip to South America
In October 2018, Pete boarded a plane in Edmonton and flew down to Ecaudor. Although not travelling solely for the purpose of recording sounds, the Zoom H4n and a pack of 48 batteries was tucked away in his backpack. At the time of writing this post, Pete is still on his trip so we do not have any sounds to show you yet. These sounds will be coming in early 2019 when he is back and we have had a chance to write music for them. This trip will officially launch Little Symphony into 2 continents of self-recorded sounds. We are deeply excited about these additional nature sounds.
North America Tour… and World Tour?
With the ever-growing listenership of Little Symphony, we plan to keep focusing on broadening our sonic palette. Since things are looking promising, it is more and more viable that Pete and I can make Little Symphony a decent sized chunk of our lives. With this increased independence from 9-5 jobs comes the feasibility of taking lots of time to travel and record sounds.
My initial thought is to canvas Canada and the United States of America, recording as many nature sounds as possible. As proud Canadians, recording sounds all over our own country seems like a valiant and fulfilling thing to do. Between these two North American countries, there is a vast and diverse difference in landscape and ecosystems, which should provide us with near infinite different soundscapes. We have tentatively planned this excursion for the summer/early fall of 2019.
If we can continue to grow thanks to the support of listeners and readers like yourself, then we will be able to turn Little Symphony into our careers. At this point when the financials were in order, I would gladly tour further and further from home to continue expanding our discography. It is a goal of mine to record in as many places on earth as possible. With additional planning and free time we could capture sounds outside of our typical realm of nature sounds too, such as the Running of the Bulls in Spain, or New Years fireworks in New York Square.
So as you have seen it has been quite a journey for us so far. We will continue to take steps a little further than the last to continue expanding what we do. We want to reach as many listeners as possible and facilitate as many people as possible to use the relaxing and therapeutic qualities of our music.
So once again, thank you for those of you who are reading this right now. Thank you for listening to our music and for reading our blog. Without your support, none of this adventure would be possible in the first place. As one nature lover to another, thanks for helping spread the sounds of nature to as many ears as possible.
The 1 Hour Deep Sleep Playlist will feature songs with a tempo of 60-68 BPM’s, lining up with the average human resting heart rate. This is no different than our 8 Hour Deep Sleep Playlist.
As always you can find our music on our Spotify page, or play it right here in your browser.
Please let us know what you think of our condensed and shortened deep sleep playlist. We would love to hear what you think on our suggestions page and will make sure to consider each and every suggestion.
Thank you for reading our blog and for supporting our music. We wish you a deep and restful sleep tonight.
Why Listen to Music with Nature Sounds while reading?
Nature sounds have long been recognized to reduce stress levels and increase focus and productivity. A recent study by Erin Largo-Wright and colleagues showed that people listening to nature sounds at work even for just 15 minutes experienced a reduction in muscle tension, heart rate and self reported stress. This phenomena forms the basis of Little Symphonies mission, which is to create quality nature music using nature sounds recorded all over the world.
Our Background Reading Music playlist includes only the most calming nature sounds and ambient music in our discography, making it the perfect choice to help lower your stress levels while at work or when unwinding at home.
Will the Background Reading Music Playlist be Distracting?
The answer is likely, no.
As someone who struggles to read while listening to conventional music, I have ensured that the music Little Symphony creates will sink down into your subconscious. The melodies are intentionally left simple and sparse, and the instrument tones are docile and calming to avoid any sudden surprises. In fact, I have been writing this blog post while listening to one of our newer albums, Bear Beach, which is on our Background Reading Music playlist. I can safely say that it has helped me focus.
At the end of the day, the best way to find out if our Background Reading Music playlist is right for you is to give it a try the next time you read.
Future Reading Playlist Ideas from Little Symphony
As our discography continues to expand from efforts such as Pete’s trip to the Amazon Rainforest, we plan to provide more and more reading playlist options to our listeners. As we get more wave sounds, we will create full playlists of oceans. As we get more rain, we will have playlists dedicated to rain. As we get more birds sounds… you get the idea! Our goal is to eventually cover the entire world to record a range of sounds so broad that every single person on earth could find something they want to listen to.
Having shared this most grandiose goal with you, I invite you to help us on this quest. If there are certain sounds that you would like to hear on our reading playlists (or any playlists for that matter) please let us know on our Suggestions form. At the end of the day we are recording nature sounds and making background music for our listeners. We want to provide as much value to you as possible.
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As always, thank you for reading and listening to Little Symphony. Have a great day!
Why is Sleep Music for Children Important?
On average, children need more sleep than adults as they are still developing and growing. Our Relaxing Sleep Music for Kids playlist features over 8+ hours of music and flows seamlessly from one song to the next. Both the seamless quality and the length of the playlist will ensure that beginning this playlist at bedtime will help your child stay asleep for the entire night. Many people will choose to play music for their children that include songs such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc. These kids sleep songs are a solid choice, although they are missing out on an additional element of sound that is important to the human brain. In addition to music, Little Symphony combines nature sounds into our mix. The combination of music and nature sounds creates the perfect soundscape for sleep. The music provides a soothing and calming experience, while the nature sounds are proven to reduce stress and aid in directing focus outward. This is especially helpful for children who have a tough time turning their active minds off at night.
Our Relaxing Sleep Music for Kids playlist was created with many considerations in mind. Here is a list of the features that went into the making of our sleep music playlist:
Pete and I wish nothing more than to create a music resource that will people relax, de-stress, sleep better, meditate, read, study, and all the other things where nature inspired music are applicable. With the addition of sleep music for children initiative, we are happy to expand into this new frontier.
Feedback and Suggestions
Please let us know if you have any suggestions or questions about our children’s sleep music initiative or our Relaxing Sleep Music for Kids playlist. We welcome all feedback as it is our goal to keep improving.
As always, thank you for reading our blog and listening to our music. Have a great day!