Lyrical pictures of nature vol I - Song of silent waters

Catalog number: KSUCD102
16 soundscapes, total time 71'56"

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This CD contains 16 soundscapes from Finnish nature. This CD contains 35 species. CD is clear nature recording without manmade sounds and mixed recordings.

As a result of five years work and hundreds recording trips, I have collected the most beautiful and relaxing water recordings for this CD.

Kuopio 30.7.2002
Lauri Hallikainen
Producer / Recording engineer

Track descriptions and background species

01 Sparkling spring stream. 2'15" April 1999, Karttula (Eastern Finland), Lake Hirvijärvi. It is that phase of the spring when snow can still be found in shady spots around the edges of the forest. Underneath the snow, a small stream is twisting and winding its way between moss covered rocks. The first rays of sunrise are reflecting off the water. The air is filled with jingling brightness. Robin, Common Chaffinch, Yellowhammer, Redwing.

02 A forest stream and a Common Cuckoo. 5'24" May 2002, Maaninka (Eastern Finland), Haatala. It is a crisp late spring morning in the forest by a stream flowing in the shadow of spruces. Down in a wooded hollow, hidden underneath the spruce twigs, the water is still feeling its way forward. The forest is resounding with melodies heralding the arrival of spring. Tree Pipit, Common Cuckoo, Common Chaffinch, Redwing, Willow Warbler, Crow, Siskin.

03 By the sea. 2'38" July 2001, Kalajoki (Western Finland), Letonnokka. In the small hours after midnight the wind is still asleep and a profound peace has descended over this large expanse of water. Only small ripples quietly brush against the shore. Emerging from the northeast, the light of dawn starts to push aside the dusk of the summer night. Arctic Tern, Black-headed Gull.

04 Stream and whooper swan 2'06" April 1998, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), the bay of Kaislastenlahti. When the nights are still freezing and the ice has yet to break, the landscape is shrouded in mist in the mornings. While the mist keeps hanging over the still of the morning, birds are already busy doing the things birds do. The silence is broken by the clear sound of silver horns in the air. In the background, a gently tinkling stream adds its own tranquil tones in the soundscape. Black Grouse, Robin, Whooper Swan.

05 Late summer evening on the beach. 3'37" August 2001, Kaavi (Eastern Finland), Lake Sivakkajärvi. A shallow beach lined by a belt of reed and club rush. A gentle evening breeze coaxes small ripples to the shore. In the young pine forest next to the shore, birds have already fallen silent.

06 River and willow tit. 4'45" May 2001, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), Suovu. A valley folded between wooded ridges hides a small winding river in its bosom. Next to the riverbank, which is densely covered with bushes and small trees, there is a forest with dense stands of spruce overshadowing a few dead alders here and there. At one point on its way through the valley the river has to skirt around large mossy rocks. The song of the gently flowing river and the upbeat tones of a willow tit are heralding the signs of new growth. Robin, Great Tit.

07 Lapland mountain brook and cascade. 4'28" June 2002, Pelkosenniemi (Lapland), Pyhätunturi, the pond of Pyhä kaste. A gorge cuts its way through the mighty countours of treeless mountains, with huge rocks scattered along its bed. A small brook is coaxing its sparkling waters along the gorge. At one point, the brook tumbles over a cliff edge, falling into a small pond underneath. On its banks, tall Lappish pines are like sentries, protecting the sacred peace of this spot. In the stillness of the pond, the water has a chance to lie in peace for a few minutes before being swept up into the brook, which disappears and then reappears beneath piles of jagged rocks. Willow Warbler, Brambling, Wren, Pied Wagtail, Common Cuckoo.

08 Autumn evening by the lake. 1'35" September 2000, Karttula (Eastern Finland), Lake Hirvijärvi. The pale glow of sunset is lingering over the western skyline. In the autumn evening, a gentle zephyr is blowing on the lake, at times gaining strength, and just as quickly dying away, driving the waves out to the horizon. Futher off in the distance, the waves break against a rock jutting out of the lake surrounded by submerged reefs.

09 Bird concert by a mountain brook in Lapland. 3'50" June 2002, Savukoski (Lapland), Tulppio. Down in a hollow, there is a brook flowing through a dense thicket and this provides good shelter for many birds. Further off, a hillside covered with a mighty pine forest. The midnight sun is already past its lowest point on the horizon. As the pale arctic night turns into morning, birds are finding their voice and bursting into song. Willow Warbler, Brambling, Common Cuckoo, Bluethroat, Reed Bunting.

10 Autumn moods by the lake. 5'45" October 2001, Kaavi (Eastern Finland), Rovevaara, Lake Louhijärvi. Hoar-frost is lingering in shady spots after a cold night, but the shallow water by the shore remains open. Light breezes rising from the north-east are rippling the water further out on this wilderness lake. An autumn silence rests over the landscape. The only sounds heard are the distant rustling of the forest and the rhythm of the ripples as the waves brush against the pebbles on the shore.

11 Dawn by the forest stream. 5'53" May 2001, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), the bay of Kaislastenlahti. The first rays of a spring daybreak give the tops of the spruce trees a gilded tint. Birds are already busy with their chores - principally marking out their territories by song. On the edge of a pine bog, a stream shifts the flood waters on towards the larger rivers. Goldcrest, Black Grouse, Willow Tit, Robin, Siskin, Great Tit.

12 Song thrush and stream. 1'55" April 1998, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), the bay of Kaislastenlahti, Lake Lammasjärvi. The first warm spell of the spring is setting the melt waters in motion. Also inspired by the warm weather, birds start to sing. A song thrush has chosen a mixed stand on a slope as its breeding range. Sitting on the top branches of the spruce, this bird ceaselessly chirps out its song against a background of whispering water. Black Woodpecker, Robin, Redwing, Song Thrush.

13 Autumn atmosphere by a river in the wilderness. 1'50" September 2001, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), Palonen. The Autumnal silence has already fallen over the vaults of a primeval forest. The rains have yet to come and the water is low in the river as it meanders through the forest. The mighty trees stretch out their branches high above the stream hiding it under a canopy of green.

14 By a meadow stream. 1'36" May 2000, Maaninka (Eastern Finland), Haatala. A peaceful spring mood in the meadows, the sun just rising over the landscape with alternating patches of trees and fields. The freshly sown furrows give off an earthy smell. From the brushwood on the bank of a ditch, an Ortolan Bunting is piping its tunes into the air. The weather is calm and the gentle gurgling of a small stream carries across the meadows. Eurasian Curlew, Common Snipe, Ortolan Bunting, Yellowhammer, Yellow Wagtail, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Northern Lapwing.

15 On the shore of a great lake. 5'46". July 2000, Nurmes (Eastern Finland), Lake Pielinen. In the evening, as the wind is already easing, waves are still roaming across the wide open lake. The forest standing by the lake is still, while the waves throw themselves against the stones on the shore.

16 By the small lake in the wilderness. 17'15". June 2002, Pelkosenniemi (Lapland). The calm surfice of the small crystal-clear lake is almost unbroken, only a couple of small widening circles left here and there by fish coming to the surface. The scene on the opposite side of the lake - a belt of forest and a white-capped mountain behind it - is reflected by the water. A tinkling sound is coming from a brook hidden between the trees standing by the lake. Willow Warbler, Song Thrush, Common Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher, Common Bullfinch, Velvet Scoter, Common Crane, Wood Sandpiper, Whooper Swan, Crow, Siskin.

Translated by Kirsi Komonen and Ewen Macdonald 2004

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