Our second sound donor (praise him with great praise!) is Rob Szeliga, a UK-based sound designer, and he’s sent through a nice range of recordings.
Prayers at Osu Kannon Temple
This recording features a bit of tranquil bonging and chanting from a Buddhist temple in Japan. I’ve spent a bit of time in a few Japanese temples myself (a sign, I fear, of a misspent youth), so this recording brings back some memories of stone gardens, exquisite lawns, golden statues and, weirdly, eagles flying high over head.
Incidentally, the base CM sound library includes a recording I did at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. That lacks the tranquility of this recording, because it was Chinese New Year and it was crowded with people casting fortune sticks to learn if they might get rich.
Wind through stone wall
This excellent recording really transports you to a rather windy day in the English countryside. Makes you want to put on another layer or two of clothing. And emigrate. Brr!
The horns of India
Firstly, the chaotic blarings of the bells are great - nice rich sound source, that - but Rob did a bit of granular synthesis to freeze the sounds in time and stretch them out into a sort of brief illbient composition. I’ve excised the signal processing from the recording for CM in case anyone thinks it’s part of CM (if you think CM is capable of that kind of real-time DSP you’d be sadly mistaken).
That said, it’s a nice piece of filtration and I feel a bit bad about the removal. Sorry Rob!
Midday at the Foundling Museum
It’s hard to imagine how midday could be signified with more gravitas than this clock manages.
There have been times when I’ve been on the London Underground where I’ve been a little concerned I’d never made it back to the outside world. It’s certainly reassuring to hear a train in motion.