Northumberland, Northern England
by Geoff Sample
It is predawn in a woodland in northern England. Trees drip with a heavy dew from overnight mists, and we hear the last of the nightbirds; tawny owl and woodcock.
The first songbirds begin, and a cuckoo starts up somewhere in the distance. Gradually more birds take up singing until the soundscape is a mass of intertwined themes. The main chorus is heard from outside the wood - a surrounding sea of birdsong.
Once the full chorus begins to wane, we re-enter the wood to hear more spacious scenes with a variety of singers.
This album is presented as one continuous dawn sequence.
"Every morning throughout spring and early summer, a wave of birdsong surges around the planet ahead of the rising sun - the dawn chorus.
In the still, cool air of the early morning, sound travels well, and the males of all species broadcast their signature themes in a lust for life, to mark their territories and attract females.
The woods and gardens of Britain are a riot of sound, while most humans are still wrapped in dreams."
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