I have thought about someday visiting The Amazon! I think the wild life would be so interesting to see. I have put this on my Bucket List, and hope to mark it off sometime in the next couple of years. Thanks to new, ground-breaking 3-D recording techniques, the clear sounds of creatures that go bump in the night – and day – can now surround you, thousands of miles away from the Peruvian rainforest.
At Rainforest Expeditions’ string of three riverside eco-lodges deep in the Peruvian Amazon, very high tech equipment has begun recording the sounds of the jungle in a way that has never been done before. This is thanks to the application of binaural microphones to record the sounds in 3-D. For recorded examples of resident howler monkeys, Lawrence’s Thrush and bats, please go to http://www.perunature.com/rainforest-sounds-recording-amazon.html.
The recording technique is the brainchild of Gordon McGladdery, a musician and sound designer from Vancouver, Canada. McGladdery brought special audio equipment to record the jungle while on a recent visit. Put into use were binaural recording techniques, a method of recording sound that uses two microphones arranged with the intent to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener. The result is a realistic 3-D recording that accurately mimics human hearing.
“While most come for exceptional wildlife viewing and the world-famous Macaw clay lick, our visitors end up on mountain bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, river cruises and experiencing local herbal treatments at our spa. Their vacations transport them far beyond what they ever imagined. Now the exotic sounds that stop them in their tracks can follow them home,” notes Cremer.
So someday I hope to go, but until then I can at least listen to the sounds of this beautiful and wild area. When I have the chance to see these sights that accompany the sounds from these recordings, you know I will share with you!
Rainforest Expeditions is a Peruvian company that through conservation and ecotourism is helping to protect some of the last untouched lowland and premontane tropical humid forests in the Amazon.
Guests of three Rainforest Expedition eco-lodges have added value to the region’s standing tropical rainforest. A sensitively conceived and managed (in some cases by native communities) touristic infrastructure creates a competitive alternative to such unsustainable economic uses as clear cutting the forest for timber or for cattle grazing. The partnerships Rainforest Expeditions has forged with local people eager to share Amazonian traditions with guests provide connection, expertise, adventure and access to wildlife in the jungles of Tambopata. Rainforest Expeditions has been verified and certified “a sustainable tourism business” by the Rainforest Alliance.