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An African Night

by Andrew Skeoch

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It is deep night in the East African bush. A full moon illuminates the savannah, silhouetting ancient baobab tress.

The air is filled with a rich chorus of nocturnal insects. This choir of small critters create a gentle, pulsating chorus, each insect with its own voice; chiming, ticking, zizzing, humming…

Meanwhile bats flutter overhead, sometimes coming close and audibly echo-locating. Nightjars call mysteriously on the wing, insomniac doves coo softly, and if you listen carefully, the deep rumbling vocalisations from a family of elephants grazing nearby can occasionally be heard.

This is an ambient and spacious recording, a hypnotic meditation from the African night.


The insect choruses of Africa are among the richest we've heard anywhere. Some nights we'd just lie in camp and listen until we drifted off to sleep.

During our 2 months field trip in east Africa we would often leave our microphones out all night. This is one of the most mesmerising and engaging insect choirs we recorded.


released May 15, 2012

Recording location:
Near the Tarangire River, central Tanzania


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Andrew is a master wildlife field recordist. For over 30 years, he and partner / photographer Sarah Koschak have been documenting the voices of the world's ecosystems and wild creatures. The resulting recordings have been published through their dedicated label: Listening Earth ... more

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