Running Time:

76 min

Release Date:

November 2012

Recording Location:

(1. Pähklisaare, 2. Taheva, 3. Selja, 4. Palupõhja & 5. Siiksaare, Saaremaa.)

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Five Natural Pieces

by Veljo Runnel

This album is a meditation on time and place in nature.

These soundscapes have all been recorded in Estonia, where most of the birds are migratory - arriving from their wintering areas in April or May, and starting to leave again at end of August.

The first track puts us in early spring, with just a few sounds and the moody creaking of still-bare trees. Then we move to a forest clearing, to witness the beginning of day in the company of Woodcock, Thrush Nightingale, Capercaille, and a lone Black Grouse.

The next tracks carry us firstly to a babbling brook with late afternoon birdsong, and then a riverside village where swallows socialise prior to migrating. The final piece is set in a dark August evening near coastal lagoons, with distant waterbirds and the chirping of bushcrickets - evoking the feeling of fading summer.

Andrew comments:

"The textures of the Estonian soundscape, like boreal habitats generally, are subtle and full of character. Veljo's recording captures this beautifully, particularly a sense of space in the wild landscape. This album is very soothing to listen to, and you've got to love the ravens conversing among themselves on the first track."

Veljo's website
'Estonian Nature' - an inspiring video by Veljo

Audio sample of this album


Daydreaming of Ravens






Evening near a Brook



Riverside Village



Goodbye Summer


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