R.J. Stefanski - 24 Minutes of Tranquil Rain and Thunder
An Extended Field Recording Collage -
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Continuing my recent trend of presenting field recordings in an expanded setting (the 30+ minutes of "Dark Shadows in the Periphery" along with the 14 minutes dedicated to "Green Acres"), comes the latest installment in my ongoing series of rain and thunderstorm recordings. "24 Minutes" triples the duration of my previous rain releases, and is presented in download friendly AAC format (however if there is a demand for it I could upload this as a 96 K WAV as well, but that would be a huge file). With the additional room to spread out, this soundscape differentiates itself from my past uploads with a more protracted narrative arc, allowing for deeper listening and a greater variety of storm sounds. Moreso than previous edits, I tried to keep as much human interference (cars, planes, etc..) out of this project. One thing this collage does share with older tracks like "Torrential Downpour in the City" or "Midsummer Thunderstorm", is that it is in fact a collage - about ten separate field recordings are being edited and layered for a specific effect. For this particular soundscape I wanted there to be a long intro and outro with very little thunder and an emphasis on the calming tones of rain and water. Throughout the duration there is a wealth of various water sounds - ranging from loud drips battling against an aluminum gutter (for most of the opening seven minutes or so), to the warm splashes of a light rain falling into a puddle, to the white noise created by a blistering downpour.
A big part of why I typically mix a variety of storms together is to achieve a fuller depth of field so that you can hear rain that is both 8-10 feet away and 50+ feet away. I also like the ability of shaping the storm in the same way as a DJ set - for instance, after the long intro, with a few light bits of thunder around the 7-8 minute mark, I let the whole mix calm down a bit before bringing in some louder rain at the 11 minute mark. These changes in intensity will occur a few times during the track, with a clear peak in volume around the 14-16 minute marks. This middle portion of the track contains some of my loudest, and most importantly clearest, cracks of thunder I have yet caught on tape.
All the recordings were made with my Tascam DR-07 MK II in the late Spring / Summer of 2015 in various locations in SouthEast Michigan. Feel free to use this track in your own productions, I only ask you cite me as a source, or use as a daily sleep aid, enjoy!
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