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AUDIO: Todmorden musician releases CD of woodland sounds

Lancashire Telegraph: Lee Gregory has recorded the Offshoots Symphony. Lee Gregory has recorded the Offshoots Symphony.

AN ENVIRONMENTALIST has brought to life the sounds of a famous wood by laying the them down on a CD.

Music man Lee Gregory, 40, has spent over 100 hours recording and composing the 42-minute symphony using the sounds of nature.

Lee, who sells music memorabilia online, has been an acoustic musician for a couple of years making and recording music using natural sounds.

He single-handedly ran the project on behalf of Offshoots Permaculture Project, where he has volunteered since 2005.

The Offshoots Permaculture Project, managed by Blackburn-based Groundwork Pennine Lancashire, is now a thriving one-acre organic fruit and vegetable garden and eco-friendly buildings that are renewably powered and used daily. Sustainable living and traditional skills are taught at the site within the grounds of Towneley Hall, Burnley.

Lee, of South View Street, Todmorden, said: “The Offshoots Symphony’ CD, which provides ambient sounds, provides a welcome change from panpipes.

“There were lots of nice sounds there like bees and frogs and different types of birds.

“It’s melodic rhythmic music. It’s all constructed compositions using the different sounds I've recorded.”

Lee’s favourite sounds from the symphony include mating frogs, bees in the hive and the blackbird’s dawn chorus.

He even spent nights at the site to enable him to catch the early morning bird songs.

“The sound of the blackbirds is my favourite. I recorded them from 4.30am and they sang a variety of calls for about 30 minutes. In the morning there was a melee of birds singing. I did record some crows but they ruined the ambience.

“I managed to record the sound of the frogs, which were only at the site for two weeks in March while they mated.

“To record the bees I had to get into the bee keepers suit and when we opened the hive we had bees crawling over the microphone which produced some interesting sounds.”

The album contains five tracks: Small Things Grow; Mellow Birds; Blackbird, Bee and the Frog; Wild Things and Woven. It was recorded between March 2010 and March 2011 and took nine months to edit and compose.

Lee used his own specialist recording equipment and donated his time to the project.

He added: “We had to take the background noises out like wind and traffic and barking dogs. I whittled down the noises that sounded good and used them in the compositions.

  • The CD is available from www.gregoryaudio.com, the Towneley Hall shop and Offshoots Permaculture Project at Towneley Hall.

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8:30pm Fri 13 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

The audio link doesn't work.
The audio link doesn't work. happycyclist
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8:44pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I prefer music by whales very relaxing
I prefer music by whales very relaxing Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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9:38pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Rogi says...

Whale music doesn't relax me, it puts me on edge, possibly because I know I am expected to find it relaxing. Relaxing to order makes me stressed. A couple of years ago I took the kids to the Natural History Museum and we listened to whale song that had been slowed down. It sounded exactly like a trombone.
Whale music doesn't relax me, it puts me on edge, possibly because I know I am expected to find it relaxing. Relaxing to order makes me stressed. A couple of years ago I took the kids to the Natural History Museum and we listened to whale song that had been slowed down. It sounded exactly like a trombone. Rogi
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10:14pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Rogi wrote:
Whale music doesn't relax me, it puts me on edge, possibly because I know I am expected to find it relaxing. Relaxing to order makes me stressed. A couple of years ago I took the kids to the Natural History Museum and we listened to whale song that had been slowed down. It sounded exactly like a trombone.
:)
[quote][p][bold]Rogi[/bold] wrote: Whale music doesn't relax me, it puts me on edge, possibly because I know I am expected to find it relaxing. Relaxing to order makes me stressed. A couple of years ago I took the kids to the Natural History Museum and we listened to whale song that had been slowed down. It sounded exactly like a trombone.[/p][/quote]:) Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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10:53pm Fri 13 Apr 12

full moon says...

"Whale music doesn't relax me, it puts me on edge, possibly because I know I am expected to find it relaxing"
Better tell the whales their venture into capitalism isnt working then! Or will they retort by claiming, they had no idea their daily life was being recorded for human pleasure?
"Whale music doesn't relax me, it puts me on edge, possibly because I know I am expected to find it relaxing" Better tell the whales their venture into capitalism isnt working then! Or will they retort by claiming, they had no idea their daily life was being recorded for human pleasure? full moon
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11:15pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

full moon wrote:
"Whale music doesn't relax me, it puts me on edge, possibly because I know I am expected to find it relaxing"
Better tell the whales their venture into capitalism isnt working then! Or will they retort by claiming, they had no idea their daily life was being recorded for human pleasure?
Whales already know that Capitalism is not working :)
[quote][p][bold]full moon[/bold] wrote: "Whale music doesn't relax me, it puts me on edge, possibly because I know I am expected to find it relaxing" Better tell the whales their venture into capitalism isnt working then! Or will they retort by claiming, they had no idea their daily life was being recorded for human pleasure?[/p][/quote]Whales already know that Capitalism is not working :) Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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4:12pm Sat 14 Apr 12

Your ferret stinks says...

Just listened to the first couple of minutes and i can hear a knackered old woodpecker knocking once every 2 or 3 seconds instead of 2 or 3 times per sec! funny.
Just listened to the first couple of minutes and i can hear a knackered old woodpecker knocking once every 2 or 3 seconds instead of 2 or 3 times per sec! funny. Your ferret stinks
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