22 Nov 2010

Soundscapes, Stories and an Ode to Sweetness.

Apart from scents, sounds are probably the next best triggers for our imagination. Music can be a great way to spark ideas, but any type of background sounds can work, especially when you combine different ones.

That's why I was glad when I discovered http://naturesoundsfor.me/. It's a simple online application that allows you to mix up to 4 different sound samples into a composition of your own.

The first thing I want to do here is fulfil the promise I made in a previous article, that whoever guessed first which word I had adopted, would get a special feature in one of my next blog posts.

My sister Lieve was the winner (no cheating involved, I swear!), and in her honour I have made a special mix of soothing nature sounds that will hopefully help her to relax (or put the kids to sleep) in these taxing and strenuous days of combining early motherhood-of-two with daily life and going back to her fulltime job soon.
I have titled the piece 'Ode to Lieve' and while I tip my hat to her, I want to wish her a lot of strength and all the peace and joy in the world. You can listen to it here.

I have also concocted a few other mixes that all tell a different story. What do you think, are the stories 'readable'?

You can use the titles as a clue:

1. http://naturesoundsfor.me/If_they_only_knew

2. http://naturesoundsfor.me/Approaching

3. http://naturesoundsfor.me/The_Wreck
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  1. Thanks a lot for the 'Ode to me'... So far, I manage with the kids and I am trying to do as many nice things as possible during this last week 'at home'!
    I will tell you later if the music helps relaxing when I am back at work ;-)
    And just for fun, I've also made a mix of sounds with the name 'Daily life' (;-)): http://naturesoundsfor.me/Daily-life

  2. Lol, great! :-) It sounds like M. laughing, doesn't it :-)

  3. Nice! I'll be checking that site during random fits of anxiety :).
    Or when I've had too much whine!

  4. Nothing like nature sounds to counter whine =)


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