Dan Gibson – Loon Echo Lake (1995)

FrontCover1Dan Gibson (Montreal, January 19, 1922 – March 18, 2006) was a Canadian photographer, cinematographer and sound recordist. During the late 1940s, Dan Gibson took photographs and made nature films, including Audubon Wildlife Theatre. Dan produced many films and television series through which he learned how to record wildlife sound. He pioneered techniques of recording, and also helped design equipment to optimize results, including the “Dan Gibson Parabolic Microphone”. Some of his early recordings of the 1950s and 1960s were released on LP records, and started his Solitudes series, which was introduced in 1981.

Dan is well regarded for his contributions to the Friends of Algonquin Park, and his dedication to the Algonquin Park Residents Association. Having a lease of land in Algonquin Provincial Park gave Dan and his family (Wife: Helen, Children: Mary-Jane or “Kirkie,” Holly, Dan, and Gordon) a unique opportunity to connect with nature, and it certainly fueled his passion for the study, preservation and interaction with wildlife.

DanGibsonIn 1994, Dan was awarded The Order of Canada for his environmental works. In 1997, Dan was awarded the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the Juno Awards ceremony in Hamilton, Ontario.

In 2004, he released his first DVD, Natural Beauty, which was originally shot in High Definition. (by wikipedia)

Drift along the shores of Loon Echo Lake and relax to the melodic call of the loon. In celebration of this magical bird, Dan Gibson has personally compiled the very best of his loon recordings mixed with music. This compilation captures the true spirit of the loon and offers an escape to the sanctuary of a remote northern lake.

BookletBackCover1Anyone who loves Loons and classical music blended together will really appreciate this. The product was received timely and in excellent shape. (by Michelle Cholette)

Okay, this is an interesting and sometimes very funny experiement.

Hennic Bekker (keyboards and all other instruments)
Kevin Breit (guitar on 04.)
Greg Kavanagh (guitar on 05.)
additional wildlife specials recrded by Dan Gibson

01. Vivaldi’s Summer from The four seasons 4.08
02. Debussy’s Claire de lune 5.45
03. Awakening voice 5.25
04. Summer’s eve on a mountain lake 5.41
05. Loon Echo Lake 4.53
06. Lake Voices 6.40
07. First Light 6.40
08. Eyes Of The Night 7.22
09. Pool at Baie Fine 4.02

Music by Hennic Bekker