This album attempts to capture the unique characteristics of the Lapp environment in a similar manner to its three previous companion albums. All of the works in this series highlight the richness of the audio landscape of Lapland. One point worth emphasizing is that there are large areas of Lapland undisturbed by artificial noise, making it possible to produce this kind of recording of the natural sounds of the landscape. In addition to the region’s unpolluted air, the still quietness and peacefulness are major reasons why people come as tourists to Lapland.
The Association of Friends of the Blind has provided financial support for this recording; without their generosity, this work would not have been possible. In addition, I want to express my gratitude to the many people and groups that have contributed to the completion of this project.
Kuopio 14th March 2017
Producer / Recording engineer
Track descriptions and background species
01 Reindeer bells and a bright summer night 02.06.2014 klo 02.15 Savukoski, Mukkavaara 15'24"
It is that time of the early summer when the marsh tea is blooming and the delicate green buds of the birch trees are still small but vibrant. The gnats and mosquitoes have not hatched and therefore the reindeer can graze in peace in the aapa marshes and meadows by the river. In this recording, the antler-capped reindeer are grazing in the meadow by a river on this bright and peaceful summer’s night. Willow Warbler, Yellowhammer, Whooper Swan, Eurasian Black Grouse, Common Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Redwing, Common Snipe and Wood Sandpiper.
02 Mistle thrush, the songbird of the sun-bathed pine forests 06.06.2014 klo 06.30 Savukoski, Saukkovaara 20'29"
The crusty-barked, gnarled branches of a huge ancient pine tree tower high above the slender tree trunks of this stand of young pine trees. One can glimpse the huge expanse of the aapa marshland between the trunks of the pines. In the still of the night in the Sompio pine forests of Lapland, one can often be enchanted by the song of the mistle thrush. In this track, you can hear the song of the male mistle thrush to the accompaniment of the zephyr of the night breeze as it whispers through the branches of the trees. Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Eurasian Siskin, Common Cuckoo, Common Redpoll, Brambling, Chaffinch and European Robin.
03 Siberian spruce trees 16.05.2010 klo 05.30 Pelkosenniemi, Sokanharju 17'29"
By this wilderness marshland, the sharp-pointed Siberian spruce trees that grow in this part of Lapland are mirrored in the calm water of the marshy pond. Further up the slope of the hill where the spruces give way to pine trees, there is a slender grey dead-standing tree which spreads its branches over the forest. As one’s gaze moves down, the dark green shades of the spruce trees’ branches merge into the green tones of the birch saplings and the marsh tea shoots. Eurasian Siskin, Eurasian Black Grouse, Brambling, Whooper Swan, Wood Sandpiper, Common Redstart, Common Redpoll, Eurasian Curlew, Three-toed Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Chaffinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Sandpiper, Black-throated Diver/Arctic Loon, Bean Goose, Jack Snipe, Crossbill?, Common Teal, Common Greenshank, Tree Pipit, Willow Grouse/Red Grouse, Bohemian Waxwing, Black Woodpecker and Common Crane.
04 The Ring Ouzel, the nest maker in the treeless slopes of the Lapp mountains 06.05.2011klo 00.23 North Norway, Vesterålen Andenes 09'32"
The north-eastern skyline is gradually illuminated as dawn breaks over the aapa marshland against the backdrop of the forest-covered hillsides and the snow-capped mountains. It is high on this exposed landscape of the mountainside that the Ring Ouzel builds its nest. In some parts of this treeless region, the land suddenly disappears down steep-sided cliffs. In this recording you can hear the song of the male Ring Ouzel as he stands on a boulder allowing his serenade to resound through the still and crystal-clear air.
05 A forest meadow 04.06.2014 klo 01.45 Savukoski, Mukkavaara 14'41"
It is almost as if one is witnessing a slow dance between the shadows and the light as the midnight sun’s rays beam down from the northern heavens on this forest meadow. This is the first warm and calm night of the cruelly short Lapp summer and it has brought forth a chorus of melodic birdsong. On this recording, you can hear the songs of many of the birds newly arrived to nest in this area mixed with the melodies of its permanent residents such as the black grouse and woodpeckers. Common Snipe, Willow Warbler, Common Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Common Redpoll, Brambling, Eurasian Black Grouse, Eurasian Golden Plover, Common Magpie, Redwing, Wood Sandpiper, Black Woodpecker, Common Goldeneye and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Translated by Airi MacDonald and Ewen MacDonald 2017