Quiet Planet Donates

Approximately $20 from each purchase from the Quiet Planet website goes towards making our world a safer, quieter and more natural place to live. The survival of the Cofan people, an indigenous Amazon tribe living in the rainforests of Ecuador, is threatened by greedy multinational corporations seeking to exploit the… »

How to Record Thunder and Rain

Winds may be among the most difficult nature sounds to record, but Thunder & Rain are surely among the most risky. A microphone amid a thunderstorm is for all practical purposes a lightning rod. Here, I will draw upon three decades of experience recording in one of the wettest places… »

How to Record Winds

John Muir recorded wind using the available technology --pen and paper. In this sound recording he captures a winter storm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains: I drifted on through the midst of this passionate music and motion, across many a glen, from ridge to ridge; often halting in the lee… »

Sound Designing with Winds, Part II

Wind sounds by time of day and season Wind sounds begin late dawn with the distant roar of wind arriving from far away. The roar is barely perceptible at first, prompting the question: “What sound is that?” The answer soon becomes clear as the quiet roar comes closer and is… »

Sound Designing with Winds, Part I

Nature whispers, Man shouts. Sure, there will be the occasional storm but nearly all daytime ambiences will have winds quietly ebbing and flowing in the background. The secret of using Winds effectively is learning how to whisper, not shout. By understanding the significance of wind in natural environments the sound… »