Audio: Papua New Guinea at 2:30 A.M.

I woke up in the middle of the night, at 2:30 in the morning. I don’t remember why. A peaceful chorus of sounds greeted me, and I recorded a little of it.

One person said he wished one of my earlier recordings was longer. So this time I recorded more than 6 minutes.

This recording was done in May of 2015, on the outskirts of the village of Ramo, in Sundaun Province, Papua New Guinea.


Thumbnail photo: Petr Kraotchvil. Public Domain.



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14 Responses

  1. barbara says:

    Amazing! So loud. How do you sleep?

    • Steve says:

      It wasn’t so loud that I couldn’t sleep. Turn the volume down and you probably will get a better sense of it.

  2. Joël says:

    Really great! When we can’t sleeping, it’s a real company. I like that! 🙂 Thanks for this recording, Many recollections for me when I lived in West Indies.

    • Steve says:

      You’re welcome. 🙂 Yes, this village is not far from the Indonesian border, so I’m not surprised the sounds are similar.

      • Joël says:

        Yes, of course! So sorry Steve, actually I wanted to say West Indies in Caribbean to the north of Amazonia. I lived exactly in the Martinique Island and around the volcano La Pelée there is a very beautiful jungle with a little difference, though, compared with the jungle in Papua New Guinea.

        • Steve says:

          My error, Joël. I read “West Indies”, but I assumed a translation problem, since you you said the sounds were so similar.

  3. Ron Benson says:

    Very cool. The one critter who whistles a downward pattern and then gets an answer back sure is tenatious.

  4. Carol Oostdyk says:

    Sounds pretty cool! Are they mostly frogs and insects? Do you know what kind of critter is the one who whistles periodically? Great recording!

    • Steve says:

      Trying to find out what sounds are which around here are something of a challenge. If you ask them in Tok Pisin, the lingua franca of the area, you generally get the response em pisin “bird” or binitang “insect”. Pidgin is not always the most specific language. If you ask for the word in the local language, you’ll get a very specific answer, but of course, you are no closer to knowing what it is than before.

  5. Wendy says:

    Yes! That’s it! I remember now. Thank you for sending this.
    Is there a way I can download this onto my stupid phone as your individual call identification? I just love it.

    • Steve says:

      You’re welcome. I’m glad it brought back memories. 🙂 As to your other question, stupid phones range in ability from idiotic to clueless. I really have to know the stupid phone to answer the question. But on the bright side, I almost certainly will never call you from here, and I don’t believe you have my number here even if I did call.

  6. Wally Schram says:

    My wife, Sue, has been looking for some “White Noise” to play at nite to drown out my snoring and this may work. But I am playing it now to drown out her vacuuming and it works Great!!

    Thanks for the 3rd World cure to a First World Problem!!


    • Steve says:

      Wally, I was thinking that the recording would be good to go to sleep to, but drowning out the vacuum works, too. 🙂

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