“Songbirds pleasantly chirping in the cold of winter. Wildlife from the Canadian wilderness in the heart of Los Angeles. Only through the magic of natural ambience recordings can these instances be possible. Grant Mackay has an ear for the sounds of nature. For over a decade, he spent considerable time trekking through the wild regions of Canada to locate pristine environments for his series of nature recordings. “It is not only a question of finding the right spot but making sure you are there at the right time of year and the right time of day,” he explains. “Weather and annual seasonal patterns are a big factor. If it is a particularly wet spring, then the opportunities to record become limited both in terms of access to wilderness and because you need perfectly still, calm, sunny days to get the best recordings.
Grant Mackay has made it part of its mission to venture into completely unexplored wilderness areas. Canada is known by hunters and fisherman both in Canada and in the U.S. to have some of the largest tracts of crown land. Some of these wilderness areas stretch for hundreds of miles at a time. Earthaven has made use of these crown lands as well as special protected wilderness zones that have been designated as scientifically or environmentally significant. We tread very lightly by canoe or foot (only) into these areas, avoiding the use of motorized land or water transportation.
– Music Design In-Review Magazine