Many people wonder, as a professional audio engineer and composer, how I got into the business of recording ocean and sea sounds. Well, it’s simple: I needed something to help me with my chronic insomnia. And that’s how Sea of Serenity, a sound of the sea album was born…
I found that when I stayed at an oceanside hotel or relaxed on the beach, I seemed to be able to get a good sleep. So I recorded the ocean waves at St. Joseph State Park in Port St. Joe, Florida. Back then, it was a one-hour recording because the tape recorder reels would only hold 60 minutes of tape.
I brought the tape into the studio and then post-scored the sea waves sound with a stereo electric piano track. When that phase was finished, I added some white noise and mixed it to create a master from which I produced cassette tapes. Wow! Did it help me sleep like a baby all through the night!
Hearing how I overcame my insomnia with sea sound mixed with music, friends and family clamored to try it. They used it, loved it and really pushed me to share it commercially and do something with it. I named the album Sea of Serenity and started selling the tape with great success. And thus my foray into the world of therapeutic sound recordings was begun!
Over the years, I’ve digitally enhanced Sea of Serenity for a crisper, cleaner sound of the sea. This album is now available in CD and mp3 downloadable formats, which enables continuous play for however long you want, even all night long. It continues, to this day, to be one of our best-selling sounds to promote relaxation and sleep.
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