Before there were flutes, horns, violins and drums, the joyous sounds of nature filled the earth - and they still do so today! The lilting sweet songs of birds and the murmur of crickets on a summer day have graced our ears for millennia. But animal sounds are limited to a set range of notes and certain unchanging, repeated patterns that have been inherited for thousands of years.
What if the sounds of animals were no longer limited and they could go far beyond what they have done before? What if their sonic ranges could be extended, more expression coaxed, their pitch and dynamics varied and vibrato imparted? What if they had a sense of rhythm, could compose new melodies, or improvise and express themselves in new ways? What if they could become more musical and make music like the instruments in a Symphony Orchestra? Better yet, what if you had access to such sounds? You would have a 'Symphony of Animals'.
You can play a whale instead of a tuba, a bird instead of a flute, or blaring elephants instead of trumpets. The possibilities are limitless with animals. Perhaps a songbird can sing your melody, or gorillas can pound and pant your rhythms.
The diversity, sonic range, sound colors, and expressiveness that animals can perform go far beyond the instruments of a Symphony Orchestra. There are just a few dozen different types of instruments in an orchestra, whereas there are a mind-boggling number of different animal species, each with its own unique voice.
There are many libraries out there that have formula sounds where the same instruments have been recorded hundreds of times. A goal of this library is to create a totally new sample library with new sounds - something one-of-a-kind and something never done before.
Credits & Acknowledgements
Our highest gratitude and appreciation to the many animals that lent their magnificent voices to the Symphony of Animals library.
The utmost thanks to Vipin Venugopalan for live recordings of the many animal sounds and also for editing the sounds. This library would not have been possible without Vipin.
A huge thank you to Toby Sherrif who did the remarkable custom Kontakt programming.
Thank you to John Neville of Neville Recording (nevillerecording.com) for providing excellent bird sounds.
Thanks also to Jim Nollman of Interspecies for marine sounds in this library.
And we thank the various government agencies for public domain sounds that were used; namely the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the US Dept of Interior.
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” – Chinese Proverb
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France
"Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem." A.A. Milne
“Anyone can learn how to communicate with animals if they are open to the process and willing to practice.” – Karen A Anderson
“Animals are like little angels sent to earth to teach us how to love. They don’t get angry or play silly games. They are always there for us.” – Whitney Mandel
“Animals are a gift from above for they truly define the words unconditional love.” – Heather Wolf