Having lived in Wales for nearly 20 years, I've spent a good deal of time exploring the wild moorland, woodlands and quiet, off-the-track places which are a haven for wildlife of various kinds.

In this section of the website I want to make available some of the many hours of sound recordings which I have made.   Sound recording has always been an interest of mine and this is very much an ongoing project to which I hope to add at regular intervals.

Almost all of the recordings here have been made using a pair of omnidirectional microphones spaced at around 40cm. This has become my preferred configuration for soundscapes and provides a pleasing and natural rendition of the space.

All sound recordings have been edited and prepared on a Linux PC system using Audacity and other open-source applications. In keeping with this open-source ethos, the files are encoded in the Ogg Vorbis (.ogg) format at Quality 7 which is roughly equivalent to 256-320k mp3. These files are compatible with all modern media players.

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For each recording, I have posted a 1 minute sound clip (which should show up as a little audio player in your browser) and also a download link to the full version of the file (typically around 15-30 minutes). Using the inbuilt audio player is a good way to sample the various recordings and you can save both your own internet bandwidth and mine by downloading the full versions only if you want to listen to them!

Many of these soundscapes are naturally very quiet, and the most realistic effect is achieved if you aim to recreate these low levels in playback whether listening through headphones or loudspeakers.

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Creative Commons Licence
All sound recordings are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
You may freely download and share these recordings, but must credit me, Martin Winfield, if any material is used in derivative works.
Full details of the license are available by following the link above.