Every place has its own sound. A small group of scientists is hard at work recording the natural sounds of national parks all across the U.S. — more than 70 soundscapes so far.

For our series on the centennial of the national parks, we traveled to Colorado, to find out how they create these portraits of sound.

Beyond Sightseeing: You’ll Love The Sound Of America’s Best Parks

Photo: Dana Orlosky/Flickr

“Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” by Kendrick Lamar

There’s no way I can do this song justice, but I’ll give some anecdotal thoughts about the song. “Sing About Me” is the first part of the song, and its hook is catchy and thoughtful. I find myself whistling or singing it softly from time to time. And there’s a line where Kendrick is interrupted by gunshots, which punctuates the theme and purpose of the song, as well as the words right before the shot, “and if I die”.

“Dying of Thirst” starts with a skit (or possibly a real recording) of a prayer led by an older women, and the whole song is a sober affair about the poor lives of those on the street in Compton.

I’m an amateur listener to these sorts of songs, but the combination of these two individual songs is incredibly compelling.

Background Noise Masterpost

Don’t want to work to music but can’t work in silence?
Don’t worry! There are plenty of ambient noise generators to choose from.
Here are some of my favorites - Customise your perfect study environment! Mine is the Hufflepuff Common Room at the moment, but if that’s not for you why don’t you do some research with the Winchesters, or cozy up in the Shire.  Just be careful not to spend too much time fine tuning, there’s work to be done! - Just looking for some mellow rain sounds? Look no further!

Coffitivity - Get that coffee house ambiance wherever you are! Listen to this alone, or in the background of a study playlist. 

Noisli - Write distraction free with your choice of soundscape (rainstorms, ocean waves, passing trains, even mix and match your perfect combo), a simple text editor with a soothing color changing background (though you can stop it on any color you like) and even a timer! What more could you ask for?

  • Listen

PROMPT: you’re in jimmy the robot’s lab while he’s hard at work. you’re supposed to be helping with experiments, but you can’t quite keep from nodding off. your eyelids are heavy and you’re almost certain he’s noticed you’re falling asleep, but he seems to be forgiving and is taking great care not to wake you, instead continuing to work as quietly as he can.

ignore me; i missed making soundscapes and wanted to put one together, also apparently this is an aquabats blog now.

all sounds used are in public domain (source)

features include: robot noises, turning on a blood sample processing machine, typing, printing, chemicals bubbling, valves opening and closing, etc noises

run time: 6 minutes. loopable in case someone (me) wants to fall asleep to it. stereo.

download via the xkit extension or tumtaster. mediafire/dropbox hosting available on request.

don’t ask me what he’s doing. nine times out of ten when i have jimmy work on something it’s just for the sake of having him work on something

Hills of Radiant Wind
  • Hills of Radiant Wind
  • Kumi Tanioka
  • NieR Gestalt & Replicant Piano Collections

“Hills of Radiant Wind” from NieR

Continuing with covers of NieR, this whole album does a good job of taking NieR’s soundtrack and making it sound distinct as a piano solo. Coming into listening to the album for the first time, I wasn’t entirely sure it’d differentiate itself from the already beautiful, but tragic piano solos in the original soundtrack. But where those are minimalist and slow, these renditions are moving and full-bodied, utilizing the whole range of the piano.


This song always reminds me of spiritual awakening or tripping or maybe both haha. 

{best heard with headphones} 

Your welcome
Welcome to the convergence of serious audio engineering, creative sound design, and the scientific understanding of human hearing.
Our wide collection of unique noise machines, playable online.

Okay, let me present this website to you guys (I truly believe it’s Empyrean!) is a website with sound generators, created by one person.
This is not just another site with soundscapes, but one that is created for hearing professionals, sound therapists and people who are interested in this.

There are so many sounds. What you see here, is just a fragment.

You can use some generators to block out tinnitus or outside noises, others to relax when you feel stressed, while some are designed to keep you awake and focussed.

A lot of them take you away…

Every single sound consists of ten individual sliders that you can adjust to your personal preference. You can also animate them if you want the sounds to gradually change.

So here comes the Empyrean idea:
Let me take you to this place!

Open these links in different tabs and create an Empyrean hiding place, far away in the forest. (give the links a moment to load and enjoy your special atmosphere!)

Cult of the Zealous
  • Cult of the Zealous
  • Disasterpeace
  • Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter’s strength is that its music is reactive, incorporating a main leitmotif that swells between quiet exploration and throbbing combat, and creating a quiet tension when the game reveals yet another looming, sinister artifact to stare and wonder at. Hyper Light Drifter has a sense of place and being from both its visuals and soundtrack.