At Work & Study

What we listen to has been found to have a significant impact on our ability to concentrate.

Researchers have studied how sound affects our performance. Groups of students were given a study task, whilst listening to either classical music, rock music, nature sounds, or even silence. The surprise result? Nature by a country mile.

It makes sense. Any music with lyrics is going to be distracting. Instrumental music is based around either predictability (Vivaldi, new age...), or drama (Beethoven, jazz…). Whichever way you go, it's either soporific, or it grabs your attention when you don't need it to. And perfect silence has been found to be equally unsettling.

Our senses and minds have evolved in the natural world. Nature's sounds are the brain food we need.

We've selected these recordings as subtle and non-intrusive soundscapes, allowing you to be immersed in a natural soundworld, while getting on with what you need to do. Effectively.

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In the Refuge of a Fern Gully

Birdsong filters through mountain forest in Australia's eastern highlands.

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The River Forest

New! Gentle morning birdsong and frogcalls from the river red gum forests of the Murray river

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The Last Wild Island - Tetepare

Primary rainforest echoes with rare and endemic birdsong on the tropical island of Tetepare

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Campinarama - The Unheard Amazon

by Juan Pablo Culasso. Soundscapes from tropical grasslands and riverine forests of a little known region of the vast Amazon basin.

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Karri and Jarrah

Flocks of nectar feeding lorikeets and honeyeaters run riot through the tall, flowering forests of southwest Australia.

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Bialowieza II - Riverine Scenes

by Geoff Sample. The second of two albums of deep forest birdsong, mellifluous and distinctively European, from the Bialowieza Forest in Poland.

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Summer Thunderstorm

Thunder rolls around the sky, as afternoon storms gather overhead and rain gently falls

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Canyonlands

The songs of Canyon Wrens echo off the sheer rock walls of a canyon amphitheatre in the American southwest.

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Les Suetes

by Mark Brennan. Summer season birdsong and the sigh of boreal winds, heard in a Canadian lake shore forest.

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Redwoods

Discover California's famous Redwood groves in a way few get to experience.

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Dawnsong of Tuis

The beautiful, ringing tones of the Tui echo through a towering New Zealand forest

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Northern Wetland

by Mark Brennan. A rich, sonic journey through the bogs, fens and marshes of Canada's Boreal wetlands

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Cloudforest - Malaysia

A gentle album, featuring the abundance of life found in Malaysia's mountain forests.

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Sequoia

The drumming of woodpeckers resonates through a grove of massive Sequoias.

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Mojave

The Mojave desert comes to life as early morning birdsong carries across the open plains

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A Wilderness Lake

by Mark Brennan. Spring comes to the forested shoreline of remote lakes in Eastern Canada.

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Native Birdsong of New Zealand

Kiwis, Kokakos, Kakas, Kererus, Kakarikis... the wonderous sounds of New Zealand's rare endemic songbirds.

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Serra dos Orgaos

By Juan Pablo Culasso. Two dawn choruses, recorded the same morning - one highland, one lowland - in Brazil's Serra dos Órgãos

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Time for the Tarkine

Free Download Album. A listening journey into the Tarkine - the largest temperate rainforest in the Southern hemisphere.

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Peskowesk

by Mark Brennan. Journey deep into the wild forests, lakes and rivers of NE Canada's Kejimkujik National Park.

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Five Natural Pieces

by Veljo Runnel. Five soundscapes from Estonia, meditations on time and space in nature.

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Song of the Blackbird

The melodious songs of Blackbirds ring out during a European spring dawn chorus.

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Welcome to the Atlantic Forest

By Juan Pablo Culasso. Beautiful birdsong is heard during a day in Brazil's Atlantic rainforest.

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The Wild Places

by Mark Brennan. A sonic journey through the 10,000 year-old ecosystems of the Canadian wilderness.

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Taiga - Europe's Boreal Wilderness

Delicate birdsong and the distant murmur of wind and water drift across an elemental landscape.

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The First Week of Spring

Delicate birdsong fills a woodland in the first days of a European spring

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Dawn Chorus: Tanzania

Morning Thrushes begin a daybreak of wonderfully rich birdsong from East Africa

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Pine Wood

In an old growth pine forest, the voices of Chaffinches, Goldcrests, Blackbird and Song Thrush welcome the spring.

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Cheery Bulbuls!

The delightful and cheerful songs of Bulbuls from the woodlands and forests of India.

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Indian Woodland Birdsong

A perfect morning of birdsong from the Deccan woodlands of India.

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