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“The World’s Most Incredible Bird Sounds” was a collection of recordings hosted on Soundcloud, but now with Nature Soundmap offering a much better platform to showcase recordings, we’ve decided to integrate 25 of the best recordings from this collection into Nature Soundmap so more people can enjoy them.
Four recordings from this collection were uploaded today, the first three all being from Ecuador:
Another gifted singer from the Psarocolius genus (oropendolas), the Russet-backed oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons) is quite widely distributed throughout montane rainforests in the Andes and parts of the western Amazonian basin.
Named after it’s elaborate & beautiful song, the Musician Wren (Cyphorhinus arada) often uses the same intervals common in human music — octaves, perfect fifths and perfect fourths.
A widespread songbird in South America, the Spotted Nightingale Thrush (Catharus dryas) has a particularly sweet, musical song composed of beautiful short phrases.
Could we find the three species above at the same location in Ecuador? I’m not sure, but if so, it would surely be quite a soundscape!
Another interesting addition is the Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) from West Virgina, USA, with it’s extraordinary non-vocal acoustic display. The bird usually choose a resonant, fallen log & with rapid, accelerating wing-beats it creates a low frequency sound known as drumming to declare it’s territory. You can also watch an excellent videoof a displaying bird.
After several months of hard work, today marks the official public launch of Nature Soundmap! If you are a first time visitor to the site, we welcome you and hope you’ll enjoy the unique experience that Nature Soundmap offers – a way to hear the world like never before.
A big thank you to all of our contributors for making this project possible. Currently over 50 nature sound recordists have generously contributed their work to Nature Soundmap and we anticipate many more will become part of out team in the future. Over the coming weeks and months, you will have a chance to get to know some of our contributors better, as we plan to include regular articles on the blog which will spotlight individual recordists and their work.
Another regular theme on the blog will be news about recently uploaded sounds, new contributors and articles relating to nature sounds & bioacoustics. Sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with the latest news.
Over 2014, our plans for Nature Soundmap include creating educational content for kids, and using our sounds to promote awareness for endangered species and their habitats.
We are sure that through Nature Soundmap, you’ll enjoy a new way of exploring & discovering. We’d love to hear your feedback and please let us know if you have any questions.
After a very busy December 2013, we have settled on an official website launch date: 6th January 2014
I know December 2013 was originally on the schedule, but the scope of the site has evolved into something bigger than expected and new content and profile pages needed to be created, delaying launch by a couple of weeks. If anyone picks up on any corrections or bugs which need to be made please let me know ASAP so I can try to fix them before this coming Tuesday.
You’ll no doubt be happy to know several new recordists have agreed to contribute recordings to Nature Soundmap, including some well-respected names in the field of nature recording. I won’t give too much away yet but keep an eye out over the coming days as dozens of fresh recordings from these new contributors will be added to the map. A fixed ‘launch’ page is currently serving as the home page, but you can see the main map via the following link – http://www.naturesoundmap.com/listing-type/nature-soundscape/
Several nature-related organizations & news websites have been advised of the release, and in the next couple of days I’ll be looking for opportunities to reach out to as many as possible with news about the launch. It would be great if contributors to Nature Soundmap could join in promoting the site launch by posting about it on their blog or social media networks to spread the word. I have prepared a Press Release which is available on the following page – http://www.naturesoundmap.com/press-release.
After a couple of very enjoyable weeks recording and photographing nature in Far North Queensland, I’ve come home to Sydney with over 50 hours of audio material and almost 2000 photos to process so it’s going to be busy end of 2013 for me! My apologies to all those who have emailed or messaged me and I haven’t been able to respond to yet – I’ll get to it in the next day or so.
From this week onwards, I’ll update the ‘Featured’ sound on the homepage weekly to feature a different recording. I can’t promise all recordings/artists will be featured but I will try to give exposure to as many as possible, giving preference to those which offer something a little different.
This week Adrian Stoeger‘s excellent recording of a pair of Great Hornbills has been featured. For anyone who has has experience with large hornbills in the wild they truly are impressive creatures. At the start of this recording a pair can be heard in the distance, while what I assume to be crickets and frogs call from grass in the foreground. Eventually the hornbills come closer, the deep whoosh of their wingbeats hinting at the size of the birds. At about 4:00 minutes, one of the hornbills flies in and lands close to Adrian’s microphones, it’s raucous call reverberating in this remote clearing in the Cambodian rainforest.
Two weeks have passed since the last update and many new recordings have been added to the map as well as a number of ‘under the hood’ improvements. 34 countries are now represented including a singing Humpback Whale in Tonga and lovely melodies from the Siberian Rubythroat from the remote Yakutia region in Russia.
Nature Soundmap for Mobile Devices
Some have asked about compatibility with mobile devices. At present, Nature Soundmap is best viewed on devices 7″ and above (computer, tv or tablet) and with a resolution of at least 800 x 600 pixels. A simpler version of the site should automatically appear when viewing on a smaller tablet and some smartphones. This simpler version displays a smaller floating window with only the name of the sound, location and play button visible. Smartphones with relatively low resolution screens are not well-suited for this site.
I would be grateful for mobile device users to beta test the site and let me know how it is working for you.
The artist profiles are next on the list and I have been experimenting with some different ways of presenting them.
I’ve registered all recordists as ‘Contributors’ using a membership-type plugin which enables you all to log in and add/edit your own personal details, bio and contact information. I will send you all a personal email with your login credentials. If I don’t yet have your personal email address I will message you via Soundcloud.
Website ‘Official’ Launch Date
We’re still on schedule for a December 2013 launch, so please hold off on sharing details about the site or posting links until then. We want to have the site as polished as possible and tested so visitors can have a smooth experience exploring the sounds and people behind them.
For the next three weeks I’ll be travelling in north Queensland on the trail for some new soundscapes and photographs so will not be spending too much time on the site until the 2nd half of November. We’re still looking good for a public launch in December 2013, assuming the majority of the artist bio’s are submitted and I am not attacked by a Cassowary!
– Marc Anderson
It’s been less than a month since the first recording was put on Nature Soundmap, and since then 31 recordists with recordings from 24 different countries have come onboard and I’m busy just trying to keep up! Thank you to all who have agreed to be a part of the project.
Refinements to the design of the website so far have included –
- new logo
- reducing the size of design elements such as the header and floating window
- Soundcloud media player now sits nicely along the bottom of the page
If you have any suggestions on how to improve functionality or design please let me know.
With such a good network of contributors and an abundance of interesting content, the Nature Soundmap blog has great potential for featuring recordists and their sounds.
Initially blog posts will include the following:
- Highlights from each country or region
- Featured Recordists
- Featured Sounds
Rather than try and create all of the articles myself, I’d like to involve others in the writing and creation of blog posts/articles. Many contributors already have their own websites and blogs, so if you have interesting and relevant content please feel free to send me an email and we’ll see if we can adapt something for the Nature Soundmap blog.
Profile pages for individual recordist will be made so if you haven’t already please send me some information which may include the following –
- Profile picture/photo
- Link to your website (or other blog/pages)
- Contact details
- Some information about your work.
- A few words about who you are/ background / how you got into recording /where you are from
Don’t worry too much about the wording, I can refine it.
Thanks again for all your support and at this rate the site will be ready for a public launch in December 2013!
– Marc Anderson