Created in ‘Lockdown’ to make Nature more accessible!
Sound designer and musician Clive Williamson followed the shocking events of 2020 as thousands of people became ill with the COVID-19 virus, inundating hospitals in the UK and worldwide. It was obvious that both NHS hospital staff and Care Home workers were becoming overworked and stressed as a result of the pandemic. Simultaneously there were many reports that people in lockdown were appreciating and benefitting from nature more: either walking in natural surroundings near their homes or simply enjoying the beautiful sounds of water, the wind in the trees, and soothing local birdsong, which was revealed in the unusual stillness of towns and cities with reduced plane, train and traffic noise.
Clive also saw a massive increase in the number of listeners streaming his previous albums of nature sounds from New Zealand, so he decided to use lockdown to complete a dream project he had been planning for several years… A new album full of relaxing sounds from nature that he had collected while travelling as a sound recordist and music producer in England, Australia, NZ, and Colombia.
Virtual Nature Walks for everyone
Using musical sensibilities gained from working with the group Symbiosis, he has chosen to treat nature like an orchestra, creating a ‘natural symphony’ with the calming effects of nature as his central theme. “I wanted to make it easy for listeners to go on refreshing ‘virtual nature walks’,” he says, “The peaceful ‘postcards in sound’ on this album are ideal for relaxing and replenishing at home, in the office, or while travelling, and are designed to give instant access to the ‘natural health service’ that so many people love.”