Listener Contributions


Gianna Savoie

A morning walk with my dog through a neighborhood park, filled with birdsong.

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Chicken Feed

Karel Sidorjak

Morning chicken madness 01/04/2019 **morning crazy after feeding chickens (about 40 hens and one rooster).  This is one of the first recordings that I have made for an archive of sounds entirely recorded on our Piano farm in Northern California in last 4 years.

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Clay Bubbles

Indira VMD

This sound was recorded in October in India. Clay lamps were bought from the market for the festival. However, since they were very dusty, they were immersed in a pot of water to clean. Surprisingly, they began emanating bubbles accompanied with sound. They sounded like soda water after being poured into glasses. If you look carefully in the image attached you can see a thread-like string going from the lamps. They are not threads, but they are bubbles. (Note: A very quiet sound, but a great idea and reminder to all to listen to the subtler sounds of life!)

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Houston Heights Birds

Christopher Trandell

The Heights is Houstons oldest neighborhood-8 minutes from downtown-with massive tree lined boulevards and lovely old Victorian homes and Sears Craftsmen bungalows. 19th street is a bustling scene for art markets, festivals, White Linen Night, vintage shops, and a few bars and restaurants.  One evening in January of 2014 I parked at the west end of the strip and I stepped out onto a busy nightlife scene.  I realized that I could hear the flowing traffic at the intersection, the music and laughter from the open air taco restaurant, or the crowds milling about outside the ice cream shop.  It was the birds. Oh my Lord, the birds!  Grackles mostly, but I couldn't make out the others as it was just past dusk and that is poor light for IDing flitting flying shadows in thickly overgrown oak and pecan trees.  

I had to record it.   

I was on a busy and bustling urban thoroughfare, surrounded on all 4 sides by freeways, in winter, just a quick bicycle ride from a major downtown!  It also sounds like this in the morning from our front porch.  A help agent on my mothers cell phone once demanded, "Lady, are you at the zoo?"  

Our neighborhood is, indeed, a menagerie.

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Inside the Belfry

Eileen McAdam

Inside the belfry of Marbletown Reformed Church, 

Stone Ridge, NY, the late Ron Mapstone ringing the bell

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Kentucky Stream

Everett Harmon

Water rippling over rocks in a small stream in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, in April, 2007.  

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Lake Huron

David Wiegner

Lake Huron near Port Sanilac, MI.

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Lake Michigan

Everett Harmon

Waves on the beach, recorded on Lake Michigan in July, 2017

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Louisiana Swamp

Everett Harmon

A campground near Lake Charles, Louisiana in April, 2008, near midnight.

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Mah-Jong Tiles

Eileen McAdam

For those of us who grew up in the 50s and 60s the sound of Mah-Jong tiles is a vivid memory

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Painter's Pond

Steve Brechbuhl

The recording was made early in the morning at Painter's Pond in downtown Deland, Florida.

During the Winter and early Spring months the pond hosts numerous Black-bellied Whistling ducks, occasional Wood Storks, migrant warblers as well as other species. Muscovy ducks, Sandhill cranes, Ibis, and egrets are all seen year round. (A really nice blend of birds and bell!)

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San Marcos Rapids

Everett Harmon

A set of rapids on the San Marcos River, near San Marcos, Texas.  Starting around 4:00 A.M on April 21, 2008 and finishing at sunrise.  At first, there is just the sound of the water in the river, then the birds gradually start waking up and chirping.

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Unknown Animal Call

Chris Whalen

I was jogging on the river trail at night in Marietta Pennsylvania. I heard a sound coming from the woods I’ve never heard before so I had to stop and record it. (If anyone knows what this sound is, email us -

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