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Field recording

Naturesounds from a year in Finnhamn
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One of my biggest interests is exploring and recording nature's own soundscapes.

I am constantly fascinated by how the pure sounds of nature can be both relaxing and refreshing at the same time.

Over the years I have collected hours of nature sounds that I like to use in various projects.

My recordings have also been used in films, TV series, apps and other artistic projects around the world, through various collaborations.

waves, seabirds
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ice, contact mics, Malax, Finland
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crack in the ice, Malax, Finland
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midsummer birds, Malax, Finland
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ice boiling, Öjna, Finland
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sounds from Kvarken World Heritage
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ice, hydrophones, Malax, Finland
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cranes meet swans, Kajane swamp, Finland
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sounds from the reeds, Björköby, Finland
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swamp birds, Kajane swamp, Finland
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The art of listening is an important art. But it is an art rarely taught or practiced. Our hearing is constantly activated, but the personal filters and automatic interpretation that goes on often prevent us from listening objectively instead of hearing according to old habit.

When we listen through the analytical and critical processes of our mind, we tend to lose or distort much of the information being shared. But when we truly listen without expectations or assumptions, we expand our consciousness and open ourselves to new perspectives and possibilities.

Field recording is so much more than capturing unique sounds and documenting our surrounding soundscapes. Field recording is a way to explore our nature and even learn more about ourselves and our place in nature.

Field recording is also a good exercise when it comes to the art of listening. When we listen through recording equipment, we can listen more objectively. Good microphones don't lie. They don't filter out sounds like our own hearing can. And they do not add an exaggerated importance to some sounds and not to others. They present the sound image exactly as it is.

The art of listening helps us become one with the moment, to become present and still.
 

snow melts, Malax, Finland
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rain, Malax, Finland
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seabirds, forest birds, Kumlinge, Åland
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river singing, Malax, Finland
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Hepoköngäs Waterfall, Puolanka, Finland
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Nowadays, it is challenging to find places that are free from noise pollution, or even free from anthropogenic noise (sound originating from human activity). It is becoming increasingly difficult to find places where you can experience pure natural soundscapes for more than a few minutes at a time. Yet sounds from nature are an important part of not only human well-being, but also animal well-being. Studies show that nature sounds help us reduce stress hormones, lower blood pressure and maintain a good mood, among other health benefits.

So to me, it is important that we become aware of the quiet places we have left, not only to preserve and protect them, but also to enjoy them and consciously use them as sacred places for healing and recovery.

Quiet Parks International is a non-profit organization committed to working for silence for the benefit of all life on earth. They are mapping quiet places around the world to raise awareness of the importance of all creatures having access to natural soundscapes free from noise.

Feel free to familiarize yourself with their work if you are interested!

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