This is a snippet of audio from a field recording walk on 19th Jan 2023. You will hear sounds of various birds, footsteps, wind, and mild human interaction (cars, trains).
My understanding of nature walks, through my personal experience, consists of being a recreational activity where I travel on foot through natural environments such as parks, gardens, forests, or wilderness areas. I found the purpose of my nature walks are to observe and appreciate the beauty and diversity of the natural world, and to connect with the environment in a meaningful way. During these walks, I may observe plants and animals, take photographs, or simply enjoy the fresh air and peaceful surroundings.
Taking this one step further, during my nature walks I also listen to the sounds of nature and record them on my Samsung phone using the internal microphone and recording app. With my practice, I’ve grown familiar with soundwalks believe that soundwalks are an activity where I actively listen to the sounds of the environment while walking through it. Though soundwalks can be conducted in urban or natural settings and can vary in length from a few minutes to several hours, I found nature sounds to provide more relaxing benefits. Whilst in nature, I use my listening skills, along with devices such as field recording equipment to enhance my experience. I presume the purpose of a soundwalk is to become more aware of the sounds around us and how they might impact us. Particularly in my case, the soundwalks are used as a form of creative expression and meditation, offering relaxing effects through the opportunity to engage with the environment in a different way and to focus on the present moment.
Many nature sounds are associated with positive memories and experiences, which can further contribute to feelings of relaxation. In my case, I remember the walk and the feelings evoked when I listen to my soundscapes. The sound of wind from this walk evokes feelings of freedom and expansiveness, transporting my imagination to the open, wild space of the park.