|Song of robin and wren by the stream … drumming of a great spotted woodpecker … the hare once again comes down the slope … rustling dry leaves … scolding alarm of a passing blackbird … deep buzzing of hornets flying to their nest …|
Walter Tilgner (b. 1934), author and producer of more than ten Natural Sound CDs with WERGO, has succeeded again in eliciting concertlike sound pictures from meadows, valleys, and forests. With these extraordinary natural sound pictures, he not only attempts to convey a feeling of joy, relaxation and inspiration, but also wants to encourage the listener to walk among the trees of a wood, eyes and ears alert, to penetrate the secrets of the sylvan world, and thus to achieve a true experience of nature.
Digital recording technique and a dummy-head stereo microphone have made it possible to record sounds like the wind rustling the trees, rain, and thunder that are so natural and lifelike you might easily believe yourself transported to the middle of a wood as you listen to them. Thus, in the quiet of your own home, you can listen to the voices of birds, toads, and a chorus of frogs by a woodland pool, or the roaring of stags during the red deer rut.
“Well known as a photographer of woodland and forest scenes, Walter Tilgner has captured in his pictures not only the surface layer that which strikes the eye immediately but also the very essence of the woods. In his recordings, his natural sound pictures, he has taken this fundamental view of woods and forests much further, above all the emotional aspect” (Prof. Hannes Mayer, Vienna). For about twenty years, Tilgner’s main activity has been the documentary recording of the sounds of the natural world, the creation of sound pictures.