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.
Little Symphony is excited to announce that as of now our music will be appearing on Apple Music. Since our inception, we have had our music on Spotify, Google Play, and a smattering of smaller streaming services. Our album, Athabasca, marks the first of our music on Apple Music.
We wish to thank our listeners who have accompanied us on our journey so far. As our audience continues to grow and our reach continues to expand, our motivation to capture sounds from all over the globe rises as well. Our discography will continue to grow at a rate of ~2 albums per month, all of which will be uploaded to Apple Music as well.
Apple Music's Big Dark Downside
The one major downside of Apple Music is the current lack of a publicly accessible user-created playlist database. If you are an Apple Music user and wish to listen to our specifically curated playlists for work, sleep, or meditation, please find your way to our playlist section that can be played directly from your web browser.
For more regarding Little Symphony, we now have a mailing list in which we will share with you only our biggest news and our most significant album releases. As always, thank you for taking the time to read our blog and happy listening!
Chances are you have came across some form of sleep music on Youtube, Spotify, or some other audio/video streaming platform. This type of music is often easily recognizable. Deep horn and synth sounds, ambient plucked instruments, bells, piano, etc. This kind of music is often formless and falls quickly and unobtrusively into the background of your mind.
Over the years sleep music has become more and more popular. This is simply because these ambient sounds act as a form of melodic white noise to ease your mind and blot out any sporadic sound such as traffic or voices.
Although this form of sleep music works best for many people, some prefer the rhythmic sounds such as ocean waves or the slightly unpredictable sounds like bird song. These sounds can give your brain something to focus on. The sounds of nature have also been linked with reduction of stress. However, the sounds of nature are significantly less ambient and lack the ability to wash away the harsh sounds that will otherwise make there way into your ear.
So knowing the strengths of both sleep music and nature sounds, it seems intuitive that mixing the two together would result in a powerful combination that is sure to have you sawing logs. If this was your thought process, you would most definitely be right. Little Symphony is passionate about creating music that mixes the sounds of nature and ambient sleep sounds. We have our full discography here. It features albums ranging from 16 minutes to 75 minutes. The albums were created by recording rain, waterfalls, birds, bugs, waves, lakes, and many more sounds.
Little Symphony also specializes in creating regularly curated playlists that feature albums of similar styles, or that produce a certain vibe for a specific purpose. We have playlists for work, sleep, meditation, and more.
What makes Little Symphony special?
In this day and age, there are hundreds if not thousands of musical artists who make sounds for sleeping. Many of these artists are talented and produce high quality sounds. However, there are a few key distinctions to draw between the music that Little Symphony produces and the other music that can be found online:
Our goal isn't to write as much music as possible. Our goal is to tell a story and to breathe life into the sounds of nature. With these simple strategies, accompanied by high-quality nature recordings, we are able to write music is unique yet comforting.
So if you are already a listener of sleep or nature music, it's worth trying out the combination today. You may just find your new favourite way to relax or fall asleep. If you are a new listener still looking at getting into sounds for sleeping, then Little Symphony could be the perfect gentle gateway into the world of these sounds.
You may find us on Spotify if that is your preferred platform. Although all of our music is also on our website here.
Sleep music and nature sounds go hand in hand. Why not give them a try tonight?
Thanks for reading, and on the behalf of Little Symphony, have a great sleep.