Back To Belle-Motte!
My friend Etienne and I had previously sampled the sounds of Belle-Motte manor, an old property that has belonged to his family for many generations. Our first sampling session took place over a quiet day and night, early in 2020. You can listen to those haunting sounds on our Old Mansion page.
Because the weather was too calm on that first recording visit, we had no chance to record the timbers creaking when the wind blew outside. When we heard on the news that Storm Ciara would pass over Belgium, we knew it would provide all the sounds that we were looking for. So we braved the stormy weather and went to find refuge in Belle-Motte.
Hear the wind blowing; hitting the windows, but also finding passages between the rooms, howling through the gaps around the doors. Picture the old house as it originally was, without electricity, lit only by candlelight. Now, imagine the butler making his rounds, checking that the property is standing firm against the storm...