Voices of Subtropical Rainforest

Subject: Voices of Subtropical Rainforest
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 01:12:31 +1100 (EST)
Recent discussion of CDs and CD-ROMs has spurred me to mention
David Stewart's CD, "Voices of Subtropical Rainforests".

This is a compilation of recordings done in the rainforests of NE
NSW and S. Queensland.  It contains 65 species of bird, frog and
mammal.  The 40+ birds include most of the "special" birds of
the area but these are outdone in my opinion by some glorious
frog calls.

The sound quality is superb, but it is the aesthetics not the technical
excellence that makes me love this CD.  The recordings are laid out to
represent a notional day in the rainforest. From the dawn chorus of Pale
Yellow Robin, E. Whipbird, scrubwrens, Logrunner etc through to the finish
at night with bats, frogmouths and owls.  There is no voice-over and the
CD plays through seamlessly. It really captures for me the atmosphere and
the special biodiversity of these forests.

I abhor the mixes of bird-song and music popular on some easy-listening
radio stations (my musical tastes run more to 2JJJ) but I often play this
CD in the background when I'm working. 

You can also easily use the CD to hear a particular species.  The CD is
split into 70 tracks and an accompanying index indicates the track to find
each species.

I believe the RAOU shop sells it for $26.

Andrew Taylor

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