Bear Beach was the perfect place to stop and reflect. The crisp ocean air mixed with these beautiful wave sounds left me in a calm and pensive mood for most of the day. As many of our consistent readers know, I listen back to our discography on a regular basis. Bear Beach has become a staple of mine when I need a quiet moment to think.
We have added Bear Beach to many of our playlists as it is the perfect compliment for sleep, study, work, meditation, or any other situation calling for steady ambient sounds. Stay tuned for a full Juan de Fuca playlist featuring all of the albums recorded out on the trail, like our first Juan de Fuca release, Sombrio. I am excited to share the entire series with you and look forward to future backpacking adventures to capture more and more elaborate sounds. I look forward to Pete’s return from the Amazon Rainforest and the incredible nature sounds he will be bringing back with him.
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Little Symphonies Future of Backcountry Camping
If you aren't already aware, it a goal of Little Symphonys to record natural sounds from the entire world. Pete is currently in South America recording authentic sounds of the Amazon rainforest (which will be perfect for our popular Amazon Rainforest playlist). Although the Juan de Fuca trail is still relatively close to our home in Edmonton, AB, Sombrio was a nice step out towards a new soundscape. The backcountry experience of the Juan de Fuca trail was perfect for sound capturing as we were far from civilization and crowds of noisy humans. When capturing the sounds of running water, this is especially a nice feature as uninterrupted recordings make for the best sounds. The babbling of the creek is steady, yet highly random leading to a peaceful yet interesting recording.
As of next summer, we plan to backcountry camp in a variety of locations throughout North America. This should give us plenty of opportunities to capture streams and creeks with unique sonic signatures and provide Little Symphony with more material for our ever expanding discography.
Until then, we hope that Sombrio offers you the same tranquility that the Juan de Fuca trail did for me. For more from Little Symphony, please check us out and follow our Spotify page here, or join our mailing list below for new album releases and significant news.
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Elk Island is a large and beautiful park about a 1 hour drive from where Bryson and Pete currently live. We grew up a 1 hour drive from Waterton National Park, which is a small town situated in a gorgeous part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, with plenty of hiking and lake activities available. While the mountains hold a special place in our heart, Elk Island has its own generous share of interesting landscapes and animals to explore and appreciate. Filled with plenty of lakes, marshes, and woodland, Elk Island is home to a ton of different animals like white tail deer, wood bison, woodpeckers, warblers, wood frogs, boreal chorus frogs, and, of course, elk! We actually didn't see much for wildlife, but we certainly heard plenty of birds. We also got to hear small patches of frogs and toads croaking, but weren't able to capture good recordings of them unfortunately.
As our first field recording excursion, it was equal parts content creation and learning experience. We were able to find some nice secluded areas in the park with lots of birds and water sounds, get our mic's set up in discrete locations and wander off for periods of time. What you hear throughout this album is an amalgamation of the recorded material that came through exactly as we hoped, and we are very excited about our finished product. It marks the beginning of Little Symphony's travels across the world to record as much of the beauty in nature as we can.
On the learning experience side of things, we flubbed a few recordings through various errors. We actually forgot to bring any headphones so that made it difficult to check levels, and some recordings suffered from misadjusted mic settings. We also realized the benefit of buying a handheld recorder mic, since our laptop batteries ended up being the limiting factor on how much we could record throughout the day. Pete specifically suffered a bad heart break at the end of the night when his best recording of the day, some haunting bird calls and frogs singing in the twilight, didn't end up saving properly to his laptop. With our new Zoom H4N hopefully these issues won't be a problem in the future!
We're looking forward to heading back to Elk Island next spring to catch some more frogs in their mating season, and revisit the lake where we lost Pete's recording, to hopefully relive the beauty of that night and be able to bring it back for our listeners. If not, that's okay too; one of the things that can make nature so beautiful is it's ephemerality (that's a fancy word for temporary or fleeting!) That's why it's so precious when we can capture those moments once in a while.
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This ocean waves relaxation album has a special place in my heart as everytime I hear the peaceful waves I am transported back to Noordwijk.
Ocean waves have a certain therapeutic quality due to their rhythmic and consistent nature. The crescendo and decrescendo is similar to deep and steady breaths, creating a space that is peaceful and comforting. Pete and I hope that The North Sea will transport you to the same state of calm that it did for us that night.
For more from Little Symphony, check out our full discography, which includes waves, streams, rain, bugs, birds and many other sounds recorded all over the globe.
As always, happy listening and thank you for reading our little blog!
A Moment Alone
A Moment Alone is the latest album in our ever expanding discography. The album was recorded in our house with a microphone set up in the middle of the room. Pete paced around the microphone while he played at varying distances to add a nice dynamic effect to the tone. This album filled a niche in our discography for a short and sweet meditative album.
What is Sound Healing?
Sound healing is the use of all the elements of music to increase the well being of a person. This includes the emotional, spiritual, physical and psychological elements of the music. Music has long been known to foster productivity and creativity within the listener. Certain instruments like the singing bowl can go a step further and induce healing within the listener. The consistent, steady tones of the bowl put our mind to ease by providing a sonic solid ground for our brains to hold on to. The singing bowl also facilitates meditation making it the perfect sound healing tool.
Meditation and Singing Bowl Sound Healing
Meditation is known to have an incredibly long list of benefits, including:
For this reason, Little Symphony wanted to create an album with one of the longest standing sound healing meditation inducing instruments - the singing bowl. We layered in synth textures as well as bird sounds recorded in our backyard to increase the therapeutic qualities of the album. I always find that the sounds of animals and nature are the most relaxing sounds that exist, and really help me to settle into my inner calm. For an album that captures some beautiful loon and other bird sounds, Athabasca is most definitely worth a listen as well.
Among the many benefits of singing bowl sound healing, I find that one of the most noticable is the increased clarity that follows a deep meditative session. This clarity feels like a warm bath surrounding your mind. All of the stress in your life settles to the bottom like sediment, allowing your thoughts to float alone in crystal clear water. With this sound therapy induced clarity, we can often see the best direction for our actions with great ease. I have already listened back to A Moment Alone a few times, and each listen has returned me to that warm state of clarity as if it were the first time I had heard the singing bowl.
Sound Healing Induced Nidra
Nidra, also known as yogic sleep, is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. Nidra involves the practitioner building an awareness of their inner self and withdrawing the senses, with the exception of the auditory sense. Maintaining this auditory sense on something with sound healing properties, like the singing bowl, can create a blissful state of unconscious presence.
As someone still in the beginning stages of my meditation journey, this was a state of being that I hadn’t experienced before. Through Peter’s thoughtful playing of the singing bowl, I was able to achieve a deep state of nidra. You can actually hear me snoring peacefully in the background during the song Sarteneja! Despite my snoring, I wasn't actually asleep, but actually in some deep state of relaxation somewhere between sleep and meditation. By including sparse synth textures to this album, we are further encouraging the listener to achieve this similar state.
Meaning of "A Moment Alone"
We spent quite a while on finding the name “A Moment Alone”. Once we had suggested the name, it was an obvious yes. This album is our attempt to capture that quiet solitude and introspection.This album is a reminder to carve out time for yourself in the day for a moment of reflection. A consistent daily session of meditation inducing sound healing can have profound effects on a person’s well being overtime. We invite you to let A Moment Alone be this reminder in your life and to be your sound therapy.
Restoring Your Mala Beads
Mala beads are a beautiful representation of devotion to a meditation practice. The beads themselves have a strong ability to store and maintain energy. By meditating, practicing good karmic deeds or simply living consciously and presently while wearing a string of mala beads, we can infuse the mala with good energy. On the other hand, if your beads have been neglected, left in a dark place or on the floor for a long time, or if you have continued interactions with negative people, the mala can start to store negative energy. It is common practice to restore mala beads to a neutral or positive state by using the healing qualities derived from the sound of a Tibetan singing bowl. If you do not have a singing bowl of your own, listening to A Moment Alone while meditating with your beads can become a great restorative practice for your mala.
More Little Symphony Sound Healing Music
Little Symphony is committed to providing music for a wide range of daily needs. We wish to facilitate relaxation for sleep and meditation, focus for studying and work, and sound healing for therapeutic purposes. For a playlist featuring A Moment Alone, and other sound healing music, here is a link to our Sound Healing Playlist on Spotify. You can also listen to more of our playlists on the Playlist section of our website.
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This album was a reminder in my life that being at home isn't a bad thing. It's easy to get caught up in life wishing you were on a vacation or somewhere else. However when you take a quiet moment to breathe and reconnect with your surroundings, you can often times surprise yourself with the beauty of the moment. The goal of Little Symphonies complete discography is to help you reconnect to that quiet calm within us all.
Dia Vago was the gentle reminder I needed to stay present and appreciate what I have. Just like we can't predict the rain or the weather, we can't predict life's big events either. The best we can do is take it in stride. Some days the world moves quick and some days the world moves slow. There's no need to pass any judgement as every moment has it's place.
Rain Music Therapy
Rain music is steadily becoming one of my favourite flavours of ambient music. I find that the pitter patter of the rain punctuates the ambient pad sounds and injects a lot of movement into the sound. Rain is a naturally therapeutic sound and has always been a comforting sound. Dia Vago is definitely one of my new favourite albums.
The interesting thing about sound is that most of it's effect is rooted deeply in biology. Sudden and loud sounds such as car horns or dog barks tend to cause us anxiety. The abruptness alerts our fight or flight response and calls us to action.
In contrast to this, sounds such as rain or waves are deeply relaxing and calming. This is because the steady pattern of the sound works its way into our subconscious mind and our bodies assume the rhythmic nature of the sound must be a non-threat. The recordings of Little Symphony naturally gravitate to sounds like rain so that our music can inspire that sense of calm.
Dia Vago makes for the perfect album to help you relax on a quiet day. It is also great for reading and meditation. I have had many calm afternoons listening to this one again recalling the memories of the day it was recorded. My hope is that the gentle rain will whisk you away into a similar state of calm.
To hear Dia Vago and other calming water sounds try out our playlists that features rain, waves, birds, bugs, streams, waterfalls and more. Little Symphony can be found on Spotify, Google Play.
As always, thank you for reading and listening to us. Have a calm, relaxing rainy day today!
Once every 17 years the Eastern forests of North America periodically fill with the noise of cicadas. The curiously synchronized species emerge as adults in tremendous numbers for a short period of time. Transport yourself to the forests during one of these infrequent but highly organized nature rituals. Tall trees are full of these intriguing creatures, and for 2 to 4 weeks in late springs their chorus fills the air as they search for a mate. After 4 weeks, as curiously as it all began, the sounds quiet and the cicadas disappear for another 17 years.
If you've ever been to Alberta, Canada chances are you associate the area with the prairies. Southern Alberta is home to sprawling skies and endless farms of wheat and canola. As you travel north throughout the province, the scenery changes dramatically. The Boreal Forest cuts through northern Alberta. In the northern half of the Province you find numerous lakes and towering old growth forest.
I got to talking with a fellow camper and they mentioned that the loons in the area are frequently quite vocal. Having grown up in a small city in southern Alberta I had actually never heard a loon before. I set up my microphone down by the lake shore for the evening. As soon as I had the microphone set up, it was almost as if it were magic. The loons immediately started to call in the distance. The natural reverberation of their calls over the open water made for a surrounding and slightly chilling experience. I was almost moved to tears by the beauty of the moment. You can here this part of the recording in the first three tracks: Loon, Narrow Lake, and Emeli.
Athabasca has been one of my favorite ambient albums to record so far. The evening sounds of bugs, birds and loons is perfect for relaxation and sleeping. The ambient accompanying music was intentionally well mixed into the album to draw attention to the nature sounds while still providing a deeply calming experience. I have listened back to this album many times at bedtime and the music has brought me into many peaceful sleeps.
Hopefully Athabasca can help you sleep as well. If you are interested in our collection of music, we have many other albums full of music that is perfect for sleep and relaxation. I am hoping to capture some more loon sounds in the near future. It has quickly became one of my favorite animal sounds.
Please enjoy the music of Athabasca. You can find us on Spotify, Google Play, and Apple Music. As always, happy listening and thanks for reading.