Naturespace: Sleep Relax Focus - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Yes, our programmer has been coding since the Commodore 64.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The most difficult part is also what makes Naturespace unique… capturing the sounds of the natural world in spatially accurate 3-D sound. Recording thunderstorms and blizzards etc is not easy! Additionally, bears, snakes, alligators, wild dogs, angry cops, and strange people with shotguns making crystal meth in a hidden lab in the forest make our job dangerous and challenging. All our recordings were done by us with the finest microphones and recording gear available over the last 16 years.

John Buehler, the interviewee, is the lead engineer and technical supervisor for Naturespace with over 30 years of recording experience as a music and production engineer in Chicago, IL.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

Apps we use most often are:
Waze (to get us there)
Radarscope (to know when to run away)
Dark Sky ( to know when to stay)
Zello ( to communicate with team members)
and Map My Run (to stay in shape, our jobs are physically demanding)

How long have you been working on this app?

We actually began our recording in 2004, ahead of the iPhone. Naturespace was initially inspired by the iPod, which made headphones much more common. This inspired us to record specifically for headphones, which allows for an accurate sense of distance and position. Naturespace the app came out in early 2009.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

Spatially accurate sound is more than simple entertainment, it is a therapeutic tool that is incredibly effective at easing anxiety, stress, PTSD, insomnia, and helps tremendously when working at the computer and maintaining focus. 3D sound is also just amazingly cool, many people have never heard sound reproduced in this way. Thunder, rolling ABOVE you. Wind, swirling from BEHIND you, and progressing through the trees and off into the distance. The sound of a raven - a mile away. It is the accurate sense of space that we are focused on.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

Most relaxation sound apps are exclusively focused on what sounds are relaxing, and far too many of them simply sound bad. So first and foremost, it is the sound quality. Naturespace is the highest quality natural sound available on the planet. But for us, it’s not about nature’s sound per se, it’s about nature’s SPACE. Accurate outdoor spatial information soothes the subconscious in ways that no other sound app can. When we go out to capture sound, we are not looking for different species, we are chasing nature’s moods, waiting for her most sublime and benevolent moments to occur. We hunt for the moments of natural harmony and balance and capture it accurately. It has been a deeply profound and humbling experience. I love pulling the intense power of a thunderstorm into my can, to then unleash it on the world with stunning realism. We refer to listening to Naturespace with headphones as the “being there experience”.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

Naturespace is a life-long commitment, and the quest for capturing nature in all her glory will never cease. We never know what mysteries will be uncovered on our next journey. But one thing is certain; we will continue to push the envelope of what is possible with 3D sound. It is a bold new frontier, and even though we have over 160 different spaces available within the app, we feel like we are just getting started.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

We are currently in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, so Naturespace has never been so important. If you know someone who is suffering due to the quarantine, Naturespace can help. We ask that new users simply take their time to explore the sounds of our app. It is vast, our catalog spans decades of recording; it would take weeks to hear it all. Everyone has different tastes, but there is something for everyone in Naturespace.
Lastly, due to the Coronavirus, our Complete Collection bundle, normally $49.99 USD, is now on sale for an unbelievable $14.99 USD. We are doing this because people need it.
Naturespace is unique. Our technical innovations in sonic clarity create a natural solution to modern problems. The natural world is in our DNA. Give your mind the space it needs with Naturespace Holographic Audio. Users can learn much more on our website: www.naturespace.com

Naturespace: Sleep Relax Focus

About App:

If sound quality matters to you, then you owe it to yourself to try Naturespace. Naturespace is the ultimate headphone listening experience! Our immersive and spatially accurate 3D recordings from some of the most beautiful locations on earth will relax and rejuvenate you like nothing else. They truly must be experienced to be believed. With 6 free tracks, no ads, a simple interface, and a vast catalog to choose from, it’s easy to get started. Find out what millions of others have discovered: the amazing world of holographic audio.
At Naturespace, we record incredibly relaxing, immersive outdoor environments in 3D using proprietary holographic microphone techniques drawn from classical and field recording practices. When audio is recorded in 3D, the entire hemispheric sound field is preserved, including the sounds that occur in the front, behind, beside, and above the listener. It’s mind-bendingly lifelike and remarkably soothing-- a true revolution in sound.
The spatial accuracy of Naturespace's nature recordings is so convincingly real that they create an immediate positive impact on the listener’s state of mind. Providing the brain with spatially realistic, benevolent natural sounds taps into deeply instinctual parts of the mind to ease tension, stress, anxiety, and insomnia. It is a powerful tool for aiding focus and concentration, relaxation, meditation, masking noise, jumpstarting the imagination, evoking memories, and fueling creative processes. It’s an excellent alternative to white noise.
We are unique in that we capture, mix, and master all of our audio ourselves. Our obsession with holographic audio has led us to create a diverse and growing catalog of over 120 nature soundscapes, recorded by us across several continents in some of the most remote locations on the planet. Naturespace's thunderstorms, oceans, fields, streams, meadows, snowstorms, winds, and avian wildlife sounds are unmatched in the world for their realism.
On his 2014 album Upside Down Mountain, famed indie songwriter Connor Oberst (Bright Eyes) titled his track "Night at Lake Unknown" in homage to the Naturespace recording of the same name.
Naturespace is the perfect tool for increasing productivity, clarity, and focus and decreasing anxiety, stress, and distraction. It is a fantastic aid for those who need help with sleep and insomnia issues. With our powerful catalog of ambient nature tracks, all you need to do is put on your headphones, relax, and close your eyes.
Join the Naturespace community by visiting us on Facebook/ Naturespace. Thanks for using the reviews below to share your positive experiences. For other questions, comments, and quick support please contact us at: android@naturespace.com , or visit the FAQ page inside the app. Thank you for listening to our work!

Categories: Health & Fitness

Date: May 9, 2020

Developer: John Buehler

About developer: John Buehler, the interviewee, is the lead engineer and technical supervisor ... Read more

Website: http://www.naturespace.org/

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