My Upcoming Trip to South America
On October 30th, in about a month and a half, I will be embarking on my obligatory, post-graduation, rite of passage, finding myself travel journey. I will be staying just outside of Cuenca, Ecuador for a couple weeks and then bussing/flying my way towards Iquitos, Peru. Iquitos is a city surrounded by the Amazon. In fact, you cannot access Iquitos by road and you must either fly there or trek through the forest on foot with a local guide. I will be opting for the flight on the way there, but may get more adventurous on the way home!
I picked Iquitos partly because it will provide a nice secluded area for me to hang out away from society, meditate and remain as quiet as possible for a couple months. I’m also interested in meeting some locals who want to help me learn Spanish in exchange for me helping them learn English. They say immersion is the best way to learn a language and I can’t think of a better place to immerse myself in Spanish than a completely isolated town in Peru.
The other reason I picked Iquitos is because I’ve fallen in love with recording in the field. It’s peaceful and fulfilling. I can’t think of something more incredible to be doing than finding sounds I love and bringing them back for people to listen to. One of my fondest memories of this so far has been capturing birds sounds in Elk Island National Park with Bryson. Being in Iquitos will allow for a ton of opportunity to work on Little Symphony. Hopefully putting this work in right now will allow Little Symphony to become a more significant part of my life, in terms of allowing me to earn some passive income. I want to do this, not so that I have lots of money to spend, but so that I can keep myself alive while I work on more projects that I care about. I will talk more about those in future blog posts.
Amazon Rainforest and Other Music
One of Little Symphony’s long term goals is to gather field recordings from as many different countries and habitats as we can. Part of the beauty of the internet is that the immense amount of content that gets created means you can search for and find lots of things you want. We are hoping that when people search for things like “What does the Sahara sound like at night?” or “Prairie chickadees singing in the morning”, we can provide the content these people are looking for.
Listener Feedback and Suggestions
To that end, if you are a Little Symphony fan, please contact us and let us know what kinds of recordings you would love for us to produce. These can range from nature recordings to ambient cooking sounds (think popcorn popping, soup boiling, stir fry simmering), more sound healing noises like those found in A Moment Alone, maybe some ASMR, maybe rain on top of different kinds of rooftops, the sky is the limit! Make a request and we will see if it is within our means to fulfill.
I love the relaxing music we’ve been producing so far. Rain, soft bird calls, waves, they make for really nice background music in a lot of situations. I personally listen to our music while I read, sleep and work. My roommate listens while he studies, Bryson listens all the time. But I want to start getting creative and branching out from that relaxing vibe. What other vibes are important to you guys? When throughout your day could you imagine some ambient noises making for good background noise, and what kind of noise do you want it to be? Everyone has different preferences and tastes for music, and I’m sure our ambient music is the same. We don’t want to just produce content we enjoy, we want to make something for everybody.
Learning Instruments and Other Ramblings
Another way we are hoping to branch out is with different instruments and synth textures. We often stick with a trusty sound that we have used for many of our current albums. It is very peaceful and non-intrusive, which makes it a good choice for many situations. However, albums like Melancholy and A Moment Alone have branched out from this and those are some of my favourite. I myself am relatively new to playing music, so I have a lot of options open in terms of instruments I could learn next. Currently I play bass guitar, piano and synth, and I’m thinking about learning ukulele next. I am also very interested in cello and alto saxophone down the road. Bryson is currently the powerhouse behind our actual music creation, but I’m hoping to become an integral part of it as well. I’m actually taking a ukulele to South America with me!
That seems like a nice way to round out this blog post. It has been a lot of fun writing this first one, and I hope to write more in the future. Thank you to anybody who read this and is interested in our work. In the mean time, keep on relaxing!