I have to say I have been meandering through the region during the latest weeks. There are some beautiful sceneries here in Canada.
Conversely the sound at Autumn is as special as the landscape is.
My main focus was to capture the leaves rustling in trees or on the ground.
It turned out to be quite a challenge, due to the vast amount of unwanted noises, cars, constructions, dogs, …, but also because of the wind itself:
too much wind resulted in too much pink noises coming from all trees around, too few wind is difficult to have enough sounds emanating from the rustle.
The kind of trees is also really important, some leafy branches were quite disappointing, meanwhile I got surprised by some other types of trees or leaves that would deliver incredibly subtle and rich sounds.
I have been searching zones on the map, the further as possible from the roads. I had to travel quite a bit to get away from the traffic, and even there it wasn’t easy to get satisfying soundscapes. I am still experimenting and for few days I am also performing rustling foliage inside the studio with some plants I have gathered on my way.
The Rupununi is a wonderful place, mixed Savannahs in between Brazil and Guyana. It has an almost untouched nature scenery far from the civilized modern world! Despite its vast rich biodiversity, it has almost no tourist or very few due to various dangerous factors (crimes, …) but also the difficulty of transportation. An undiscovered place I couldn’t miss out!
The track to get there is a long long road crossing the rainforest from Georgetown, the one and only road in the inner country. It is ground, sand and mud all along. We drove all night long and a part of the next day with really bad road conditions. We even had a breakdown of some sort, hopefully the driver was smart enough and after 3 hours we could drive again. There are many checkpoint and it is kind of frightening as many officers look suspiciously to us. I have been told it is a really dangerous place, and anything can happen, and nobody will know.
After maybe 16 hours of bumpy, shaky treatment, we could finally enjoy the scenery.
I found very nice local people living there in the Amerindian village of Surama.
Just walking few steps out of the track and I could find a no man’s pristine nature. What a gift from the god! I recorded incredible rich soundscapes.