World's Most Beautiful Sound is a Malayasian Swamp

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World's Most Beautiful Sound is a Malayasian Swamp



A competition hosted by BeautifulNow has picked a recording of a Malaysian Swamp as the world's most beautiful sound.

Beautiful sounds are arguably pretty subjective. For instance, back a few years ago the most beautiful sound in the world was a rapid fire double bass drum accompanied by a <a href=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=pal-SpjlJCI#t=104>power metal guitar solo. These days, I might regard anything from the sound of my daughter's laughter to the popping of microwave popcorn to be audible ambrosia, depending on the moment and how hungry I am. That being the case the folks at <a href=http://www.beautifulnow.is/sound>BeautifulNow recently announced the winner of its competition to determine the world's most beautiful sound and, surprisingly, it had nothing to do heavy metal, children or food.

Rather, the website selected a two-minute recording of a Malaysian swamp as its winner. The recording, which features singing frogs and the din of what I can only imagine to be countless varieties of creepy crawlers, is, according to sound expert Julian Treasure, "like a symphony of life just expressing itself." Many of the entrants and finalists featured similar nature themes though some popular entries also included laughing babies and purring cats.

The real question, of course, is what do you guys think? Personally, while the swamps of Malaysia, to their credit, do have a nice, soothing aura to them, it's not what I would have voted for. Take a peek at <a href=http://www.beautifulnow.is/sound>the finalists and let us know which one you liked. Or, alternatively, point us in the direction of your favorite sound. Please just keep it clean; nothing you wouldn't want your mother to hear.

Source: <a href=http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/most-beautiful-sound-in-the-world-is-in-malaysian-swamp-1.2503514>CBC

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Quiet Stranger

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While I can see the beauty of it in how there is just so much life in this recording, you can hear so many wonderful creatures singing their hearts out BUT they're not doing it harmoniously so it just kind of grates on my ears.


To me the most beautiful sound in the world is my girlfriend singing Calico Skies to me. I love her so much
 

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Indeed, it looks like aa lot of nature themed entries ended up among the finalists.
However, the only one that stood out from the pattern (AMB Urban Day) gave me goosebumps of sheer terror for the first minute. It's like the Reapers, whispering their attack plan :O


Giving the unnatural sounds a chance, i'd go with this, after the 00:45 mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0uzHiNYnds

Those PoppPs sound like exploding stars fading into other exploding little stars, fading into popcorn popping d^_^b
 

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I swear I hear a violin or viola somewhere in that mix. Sounds super creepy, not exactly beautiful to me but still very interesting.
 

StewShearerOld

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To me, math is beautiful. And nothing has quite the same levels of harmonics, resonance, and constructive/destructive interference as an American V-8.

 

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-Dragmire- said:
I swear I hear a violin or viola somewhere in that mix. Sounds super creepy, not exactly beautiful to me but still very interesting.
Yeah, it went soothing to kinda creepy right around there.

What is that violin-like noise at around 0:45?
 

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I actually prefer 'Delicate Drops'. One of the finalists.
so very soothing.
 

Do4600

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I prefer Rhythm of Kubah, one of the finalists, by the same person though, and basically just a few hundred feet up. It's a little less busy and the cicada adds a time measure like a shishi odoshi.
 

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reverse_rpm said:
Indeed, it looks like aa lot of nature themed entries ended up among the finalists.
However, the only one that stood out from the pattern (AMB Urban Day) gave me goosebumps of sheer terror for the first minute. It's like the Reapers, whispering their attack plan :O


Giving the unnatural sounds a chance, i'd go with this, after the 00:45 mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0uzHiNYnds

Those PoppPs sound like exploding stars fading into other exploding little stars, fading into popcorn popping d^_^b
Yea that creeps me out as well (AMB urban day). I had to turn it off because it got to creepy. Don't know why tho o_O
 

StewShearerOld

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Well, peoples.

Given the fact that this is a Malayasian swamp and there's probably not a violin player in there, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess it's an animal.

Yeah, I'm that smart.
 

StewShearerOld

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How did the baby get in the finals?

Grates on the ears, especially if you have headphones. Its like a creepy low value baby monitor recording.

Especially when listening in onto another person's kid is inherently creepy, and something that you would hear in a horror game or a ghost from Metro Last light.

... Guess I don't understand people. Then again, baby sounds are never linked to anything good in games.
 

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Just plain ocean waves crashing is the best nature sound, no need for a symphony.
Heavy Metal must have made it at least into the finals, right?