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Aotearoa – Nature Sounds of New Zealand (Deluxe Edition)

by Symbiosis

Discover the rich natural sounds of New Zealand: Peaceful rainforest & bush atmospheres; entrancing bird song; geothermal activity and gentle sounds of the Pacific Ocean are all on this album recorded in Aotearoa - the 'Land of the Long White Cloud.'
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wattle Track in the Wind, Tiritiri Matangi Island
4:56 $1.29
2. Dawn to Dusk Relaxation
13:37 $2.99
3. Kapiti Island – Tui's Paradise
9:02 $1.29
4. Waitomo & King Country (Weta Mix)
12:21 $2.99
5. Pacific Shores (Kaikoura, Oamaru & Otago – with Little Blue & Yellow-Eyed Penguins)
6:57 $1.29
6. Bellbird Dawn, South Island
4:13 $1.29
7. Lazy Summer Days, Nz
8:37 $1.29
8. The Power of Mother Earth (Rotorua)
6:03 $1.29
9. Nga Manu (The Birds)
3:25 $1.29
10. Aotearoa (A Natural Reprise)
4:07 $1.99
11. Sweet Sounds on the Sea Breeze (Bellbird and Tui Mix)
4:14 $1.29
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
These wonderful recordings capture the true beauty of the nature and landscape of New Zealand – first known to the Maori as AOTEAROA – or the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’. With gently calming early morning forest and bush atmospheres, the ebb and flow of the Pacific ocean, distant rolling thunder and the sounds of hot springs, glowworm caves and boiling mud pools, you’ll enjoy relaxing to these ‘postcards in sound’ from a remarkable natural haven!

In the southern hemisphere's spring and summer of 1996, musician and sound engineer Clive Williamson visited New Zealand to record the country's beautiful nature sounds. The result was 'AOTEAROA - Nature Sounds of New Zealand', an album on cassette and CD which captures the essence of many of NZ's amazing natural environments. From forests and bush to Pacific shores, via waterfalls, caves, streams and geo-thermal activity, this 77 minute album features relaxing and energising 'postcards in sound' from all over the country. Clive Williamson's recording odyssey took him from the Bay of Islands in the north to Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula in the south to hear New Zealand's wonderful natural atmospheres, and the calls of entrancing birds like the Tui, Bellbird and Saddleback. Each track on AOTEAROA is presented as a journey in sound through a different region of New Zealand. The bird-rich off-shore island sanctuaries of Tiritiri Matangi and Kapiti are both featured, as is Rotorua, and the Pacific coastline of the South Island with its colonies of Little Blue and Yellow Eyed penguins. Another 'journey' was recorded in Waitomo and King Country in the centre of North Island, where Clive was caught in a thunderstorm in Mapara Wildlife Reserve. The spectacular rolling thunder is one of the highlights of the album, as is the atmospheric sound of water dripping in Waitomo's famous glowworm caves afterwards.

During his travels with his tape recorder, Clive was particularly impressed by the dedicated ecological work he encountered all over New Zealand. "Many of the places I visited were doing an amazing job conserving and restoring New Zealand's fascinating indigenous wildlife," he says, "like Kapiti Island; the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve near Dunedin; and the Little Blue Penguin Reserve in Oamaru. But the place that seemed to need the most help was Tiritiri Matangi Island, so we are donating a portion of the royalties from this album to them as a contribution to their marvellous work with endangered species of birds!"

The New Zealand Tourism Board's London office were so impressed by AOTEAROA that they sponsored its release in the UK. They saw the album as a way of successfully promoting New Zealand as a unique holiday destination that 'refreshes, replenishes and inspires.' Clive has since re-visited NZ to make more recordings and to promote the launch of a special New Zealand edition of the album, which is now manufactured and distributed throughout the country via Auckland-based Ode Records.

With its superb recording quality and evocative peaceful atmospheres, anyone can now soothe away the stresses of life by listening to AOTEAROA - Nature Sounds of New Zealand!

"Kapiti Island - Tui's Paradise" is alive with the distinctive songs of tui, kaka, whiteheads and North Island robin; "Wattle Track in the Wind" features tuneful bellbirds, saddlebacks and stichbirds on Tiritiri Matangi Island; while "Waitomo & King Country" takes the listener on a journey from daybreak in Waitomo Gulley down into the famous glow-worm caves themselves, via gentle waterfalls and rolling thunder in the nature reserve at Mapara.

The longest track, "Dawn to Dusk Relaxation" is a peaceful 'postcard in sound' from the North Island, with tranquil dawn chorus bird-song, gently lapping waves, streams, cicadas, fantails playing in the bush and, as night falls, a lone morepork owl calling in the distance. "Pacific Shores" eavesdrops on the protected birds of the Little Blue and Yellow Eyed Penguin colonies by the ocean on South Island and "The Power of Mother Earth" reveals the surprisingly soothing sounds of hot streams, steam vents and bubbling mud in the Rotorua region.

Bonus tracks on this Deluxe Edition: "Bellbird Dawn, South Island" captures the nature's harmonious chorus of Bellbirds in the forest near St Arnaud and Lake Rotoiti; "Lazy Summer Days, NZ" is a series a tranquil atmospheres from both North and South Islands (Waimangu; the Piriri River Walk, Punakaiki; Dannevirke; Lower Hutt and Maropiu); "Nga Manu (The Birds)" is purely birdsong, featuring ten native species including the Kea, Kaka, Bellbirds, Tui, Kakariki, Saddlebacks, Stitchbird and Kiwi; and "Aotearoa – A Natural Reprise" highlights many of the signature sounds from the album in one track. Finally, "Sweet Sounds on the Sea Breeze (Bellbird & Tui Mix)" introduces the musical side of Symbiosis' work, with Clive Williamson playing gentle Autoharp to an atmospheric accompaniment from the Pacific ocean and local birds.

Beautiful nature sounds from the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’… Lose yourself in the enchanting calls of Bellbirds, Kaka and Tui. Or simply picture yourself on an endless Pacific beach at sunset, lulled by the music of the gently lapping waves. Listen to AOTEAROA and get as far away from it all as you possibly can! With its superb recording quality and evocative peaceful atmospheres, anyone can now soothe away the stresses of life by listening to "AOTEAROA - Nature Sounds of New Zealand"!

"It feels like an immersion in the natural world of New Zealand... I highly recommend it for bird lovers... and certainly folks, I don’t think you can get any closer to nature via a recording than this one." (The Whole Music Experience)

"... Crystal clear minutes of natural harmonies including billy-cooing Bellbirds, Saddlebacks and Fantails, interrupted occasionally by a flutter of feathers, the rattle and thrum of insect wings, or a distant comforting crack of thunder... If unwinding to the call of the wild is your thing, then this album won't disappoint." (**** {Excellent} rating from Tom Stanton for Kindred Spirit magazine)

Features sounds from: Wai-o-Tapu and Waimangu Thermal Reserves (Rotorua), Waitomo Glow-worm Caves, Hauraki Gulf, Kaikoura, birdsong and bird calls, tui, bellbird (korimako, makomako), saddleback (tieke), kaka, kea, fantail (piwakawaka), morepork (ruru), whitehead (popokatea), new zealand robin (toutouwai), stitchbird (hihi), red-crowned parakeet (kakariki), grey warbler (riroriro), kiwi, yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho), blue penguin (korora), weka, cicadas (kihikihi), chaffinch, song-thrush, sparrow, Tiritiri Matangi and Kapiti islands, gentle rainfall, distant thunder, surf, Mapara Reserve, Oamaru, Otago Peninsula, Shakespear Regional Park, Nga Manu Sanctuary, Whangaparaoa Bay, dawn chorus, temperate rain forest, and the Pacific ocean.

Recorded, Edited and Mixed by Clive Williamson of Symbiosis. Thank you to all those New Zealanders who helped make these recordings possible through their advice and assistance. Special thanks to: Emily Sinclair (for her invaluable help in making the album and for the thousands of kilometres of patient driving needed to gather the sounds!) and to Roger Marbeck for his continued support for this project in NZ.

Tears of the Moon (1988/2001); Song of the Peach Tree Spring (1988/1998); Touching the Clouds (1992/5); Lake of Dreams (1994); Autumn Days (1995/2007); Amber & Jade (1996); AOTEAROA - Nature Sounds of New Zealand (1997/2017); Sea of Light (1999); The Comfort Zone (2002); Dancing in your Dreams (2005) – Coming to cdbaby and streaming services worldwide, and all available on iTunes.



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