sounds of sandy

by Jim Butler

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John Cratchley
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John Cratchley Natural sounds can be really effective for helping to calm some effects of Depression...I use sounds of rainfall and thunderstorms a lot...(long before 'Interstellar' caught up with idea for homesick astronauts!).
David Davis
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David Davis Great sound capture of Super Storm Sandy. I can't imagine what people went through. Jim is helping by donating money for the purchase of these tracks. I find that it's relaxing to listen to this wonderful capture of something so devastating, but beautiful at the same time (the sounds from nature that is) Favorite track: Part One.


On the night of October 29th 2012 Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Superstorm Sandy caused havoc all up and down the east coast. Where I live in New Hampshire, we were spared the brunt of the storm, but still received pretty decent sized winds and rains. These recordings are from that night. It is three and half hours of pounding rains and howling winds through the trees that are all around my house. It’s interesting in that the winds sound almost like surf at the ocean. It’s a comforting, but pretty intense sound.

This was recorded with a Zoom H2 Digital Recorder. The 16/44 WAV files were transferred to Logic, where I boosted the signal and then ran the edited (I removed any distracting clicks and overload to the mics by the wind) through Izotpe Ozone 4 using the ‘Excitation and Widening’ mastering preset, which I tweaked a bit. Using that preset brought the sound of the rain a little more to the front and center, while expanding the wind sound. It was placed in a second story window with a windscreen on the mics, and window screen holding the recorder in the window, so it wouldn’t get blown away.



released November 3, 2012


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Jim Butler

Jim is the creator of the 'Deep Energy' and 'Dark Ambient' podcasts and runs his own label 'Earth Ambient Records'. He currently has over a dozen full length paid downloads/CD's available through iTunes, Amazon, E-Music, Bandcamp, etc and over 80 hours of FREE music and videos available through the podcasts, which have been downloaded over Ten Million times. New Age/Ambient/Space Music ... more

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