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"Hi, Stephane. I would like to suggest a new noise. I’m a Finn, and the sounds of a traditional sauna would be very nice as we Finnish people like to sauna bath a lot. For us Finns, the sauna is a place for relaxing and a sort of meditation. I think it would be a nice addition to your soundscapes!"

This is how I became acquainted with Katri, a fan of myNoise from Finland. Users are always welcome to make suggestions, and I do my best to make these happen. However, it helps greatly when users can give me access to interesting recording locations. That is exactly what Katri did, allowing me to make recordings at her traditional family sauna, located by a calm lake in Finland's countryside.

"Old saunas like ours at our cabin don’t even have running water. It is pumped from the lake, heated in a large cauldron and mixed in a bucket, so the water sounds are different from modern saunas that have showers. Also, an old wooden building creates a very different atmosphere than a modern one with porcelain tiles."

We aimed to provide the most authentic sound experience by recording all the sounds separately, in the real temperature and humidity conditions; the sound colors differ, depending on atmospheric conditions! This was a challenge, both for me and my microphones. The session took more than two hours. But we all survived!

Among other things, you will hear the sounds of the kiuas, the special stove used to warm up the sauna; the löyly, the steam that comes when you throw water at it; and the vihta, whisks made of tender birch twigs that are used to gently beat oneself! The ambience was recorded from the perpective of a small group, all enjoying a sauna session together. You will hear some people bathing outside, while others are having a conversation inside.

It is always a pleasure to team up – or to steam up – with fans of myNoise all around the world, in the making of authentic soundscapes. Special thanks to Katri and Pirkko, for organizing the local sampling session with such success!

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  Oh my, this is lovely! I haven't been in a proper wooden sauna for such a long time, and just listening to the noises makes me happy :D I've been creating sauna soundscapes with the fire and rain machines, but this is much, much better. Thank you so much!

  This is perfect. For a finn that lives in a tiny student apartment without a possibility to go to sauna, this noise is almost as good. It is cold outside and this noise makes me feel warm. Only thing better is going to the cottage and actually go to a real sauna, but this is a good substitute while that is not possible. Also makes concentration much easier!

  This is brilliant. I feel like I'm there at the sauna in Finland! It's a complete experience - it's like a story with sounds. I really love it. I want to study sound engineering myself and am very inspired by your work. Thank you and hope you get more locations to record! Shooly

  Oh my. This is my new favorite soundscape. Bring the levels up on the kiuas and loyly a bit over default and feel the heat. Just like home.

  This is nice. But do a Swedish one next :)

  I have been waiting for this soundscape ever since you posted about your trip to Finland in Facebook! It's perfect, the sound of the kiuas, embers, löyly... Brings me back to summer. Thank you for another great soundscape <3

  This is like being in the sauna without feeling like I'm going to pass out any second. Here in Latvia we also have a long tradition of saunas and being beat with birch brooms :D

  Thanks for the visit and this soundscape! You did a amazing job putting all the elements together. Now I can enjoy our sauna in the winter too, when the lake is frozen and birds are in southern lands. Not the same (less wet and hot), but next best thing. All best, Katri.

  I have never been to Finland, sadly. It is on my bucket list for at least ten years now - you can imagine how amazed I am to suddenly find: you actually help me to fulfill this old wish, at least virtually. Thank you! A sidenote: each and every cents I have ever donated to MyNoise went to the best possible place, this soundscape proves it easily. Simply amazing.

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