Rainspotting with Charles Vald: Making the best of the bad weather.

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Making the best of the bad weather to record "The Sounds of Rain" - Over 6 Hours of Nature Sounds.

Charles Vald saw the 'sunny-side' of the terrible weather as it meant he would be able to capture some fantastic rain sounds. In fact, he spent so much time out in the rain that his friends joked about him being a 'rainspotter'.

With deluge after deluge of precipitation since April this year, breaking many UK meteorological records, Charles Vald saw the 'sunny-side' of the terrible weather as it meant he would be able to capture some fantastic rain sounds. In fact, he spent so much time out in the rain that his friends joked about him being a 'rainspotter'. The results are captured on "The Sounds of Rain", the latest release from Hypnosis Healthcare LLP, available from today (13/07/12) through online music stores.

Charles explains, "Getting good recordings of rain is quite a challenge. Light rain is very quiet and amplifying it brings out all the other background sounds - birds fluttering, leaves rustling, cars, aeroplanes etc. For this reason, many rain recordings are not real rain at all, but recorded under more controlled conditions in a shower. I didn't want that. I wanted to produce the most authentic sound, rain that really sounds as if it's coming at you."

He found that recording bird song during rain proved to be quite productive, as the birds continued to sing throughout, and it was during one of these birdsong recordings in mid-May that the thunder started, adding particular impact to what became the first track on the album.

Charles (don't call me Rain Man) Vald got lucky again in May when it hailed - "I was at work and didn't have a chance to put on a coat. I just ran outside and placed the recorder in a good position to capture the sound. The hail was so heavy it actually knocked my recorder off the garden table and onto the floor. Fortunately, it wasn't damaged and I was able to find a safer location whilst still being pelted by hailstones. The next day it hailed some more, so out I went again. I can only find a few hailstorm recordings available on the internet and I hope you will find this one the best."

Asked about his favourite track on the album, Charles explains, "The pitter patter track I find the most relaxing. I spent a long time making this as gentle as possible."

Charles readily admits that he got completely obsessed by rain while making this album, gathering over 50 hours of recordings. "Listening to all of the recordings was time consuming and hard work. I could hear rain in my sleep. I knew I was near the finished product when my wife, who was working in the next room, actually thought it was raining outside."

There are six, one hour tracks of rain on the album and it is currently available on music stores including iTunes™, Amazon™ and Google Play™ at a bargain price for such a lengthy work.

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