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Halloween Soundscape

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Halloween Soundscape

It’s that time of the year again! Halloween is around the corner, and if you haven’t gotten my Halloween Soundscape album, it’s available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. Eerie ambient music inspired by classic stories. You can read the liner notes over on my Gymshoes Music site. Besides unsettling trick-or-treaters, it’s nice dark music to accompany your scary Halloween reading this month. Enjoy!

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50 Hours of Happiness

This is just stunning: BBC has released 50 hours of video from Earth II which they’re calling a “visual soundscape” as part of their Real Happiness Project. Nature — even nature video — has been proven to increase happiness, so they’ve put together five 10 hour videos of nature and posted them on YouTube! You can click through to all videos from this Treehugger article and add the videos to your playlists (or create a massive 50 hr playlist)! As the heat of summer increases, actually spending any significant amount of time in nature becomes more difficult—but you can now pour a cold beverage and sink into breathtaking landscapes anywhere you may be. Enjoy!!!

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Music — and Video — for Halloween

Halloween Soundscape
Halloween Soundscape

Halloween is just around the corner and I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you of my Halloween Soundscape album, especially since this dark ambient album has a number of tracks inspired by fiction. It’s dark ambient music, suitable background for setting a spooky atmosphere for trick or treaters, a Halloween story reading, or a party (if you want something eerie). It’s a very soundtrack-y album: most of the tracks are inspired by a classic story (Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein, War of The Worlds etc). You can read the liner notes on my Gymshoes music site which gives a bit of background on the project as well as individual tracks. You can “try before you buy” by streaming the album in the sidebar on my Gymshoes Music site. It’s available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, and other online stores.

At the risk of sounding immodest I have to say I really like this album. Every Halloween, I listen to it…and not just Halloween, but to some extent throughout fall as the the days grow shorter and shadows lengthen, as rain falls and wind howls…If you’re reading something scary, you can’t do better than Halloween Soundscape as background music.

I pump it outside on Halloween. I like the way the trick-or-treaters are all wide-eyed as they come up the walk. This is no cheesy sound-effect album, but an album of eerie ambient music. For best effect, listen with the lights out (or low) with headphones on. Want more light? Try it out while doing some Halloween reading this month. 🙂 You should see the way my dogs’ ears twitch as if something unseen and awful is creeping into the living room. 😉

A few year back I used “The Monster Lives”  for a video. I had Frankenstein in mind when I created the track, but after I shot some great octopus footage I thought the title (and music) would work just as well for a “sea monster”. 🙂

If you like Halloween Soundscape, I’d appreciate you passing a link to the album along to your friends and writing a review in your favorite online music store. The “season” for this album is short, so I really do need people who like the album to help me promote it. Thanks! 😀 It’s available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, and other online stores. You can click right through, straight to the album. Enjoy! 😀