Ride Through Tallman Park

Last weekend I hooked up my bike rack an went to my mothers house to ride through Tallman Park. In typical New York fashion the weather recently went from winter to almost summer instantly. Trees that were brown skeletons rapidly turned into bright beautiful green forests. Most people that don’t live in the area have no idea that surrounding Manhattan are some amazing beaches and parklands. It was just slightly raining and as you can hear in the soundcloud clips above Robins, Sparrows and other birds were really enjoying themselves. Rain usually brings a snake or two out onto the paths. I was not disappointed when I came across a giant 4 foot black rat snake. I also saw a few Turkey Vultures and there were Chipmunks all over the place.

“Tallman Mountain State Park comprises wooded country on the easterly slope of the Palisades uplands overlooking the Hudson and Piermont Marsh, which lies between the river and the slope. The marsh is part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve.” – nysparks.com

For more info: nysparks.com/parks/119/details.aspx

Best Service Whistler


Humans are born with a musical instrument attached to their face. All they have to do is mush their lips together and blow to make pretty sounds. Germany’s Best Service has released Whistler. A Native Instruments Kontakt library full of real human and bird whistles. I think this is pretty interesting. Why not add a background layer of whistle at the end of a song now and then? Sitting on the Dock of a Bay (iTunes link) by Otis Redding comes to mind.

“With the help of talented whistler Eduardo Tarilonte and a few birds, Best Service has released Whistler (19.99 EUR or approximately $30), a comprehensive library of every type of whistle tone you can imagine. No synths were used to create this library” – gearwire.com

Whistler is about 20 Euros. For more info: www.bestservice.de