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Water in Champagne

Imagine a relatively large stream with trees along the banks, and grasslands all around. The water flows quietly, almost imperceptibly, towards a watermill. The stream keeps quiet until arrives at the mill's dam: here comes the turmoil and the noise! As the stream leaves the place, it narrows, the flow gets faster, and the water starts to happily babble. Then add the rain, occurring right in the middle of the recording session. When the rain stopped, water kept falling from the trees into the calm waters, drop by drop, creating a symphony for the ears.

This soundscape was recorded in Champagne, France, around an old watermill. This place is simply idyllic, quiet and calming. Now sit down by the riverbank, close your eyes, and let the rain wash all your worries away.

Behind-the-scene photos are available here.

Published on November 19th, 2014

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  This website has been such a wonderful find. The number of choices is astounding. I am very sensitive to noise and have found some perfect profiles - some too relaxing to use at work! So grateful.

  My apartment is at road side so the environment is always noisy, I like to study in a quiet environment, the rain noise actually helps me to eliminate the outside noise and give me comfort during study. Thank you for providing this stuff free. Thank you.

  I suffer from too many anxious thoughts at night that make it hard to fall asleep. Water sounds like ocean waves or rain help "wash" my worried thoughts away so I can sleep. There's no better sleep aid on this site than this.

  I have fairly loud tinnitus with hearing loss. I used to listen to quiet lectures to go to sleep. When my earbuds broke, I had to find something my husband would like. I've been listening to a variety of recordings here. They help me to get out of my head and ignore the ringing. I think this one is my favorite. I turn down the dam and wind. I just love the drops, stream and rain! Thank you!

  I often have anxiety attacks so a friend told me about this website so I tried this generator with 'Piano Escape,' and ever since I've been stressing less and having smaller anxiety attacks! Thanks Dr. Pigeon for making this website!

  Thanks for putting this together, it's been very helpful at work as some good background noise. Love the adjustment options!

  If you crank up the brown audio and mute from the red-light purple it sounds like a tornado.

  As soon as I discovered it, it became one of my favourites! It is really good to relax!

  I love that you include pictures from your recordings - thank you for sharing.

  The amount of peace that this sounds give me can stop anxiety of eating me while studying. Lovely.

  A light drizzle following a heavier rain makes for a lovely background.

  Sounds beautiful :) Helps me to relax.

  Water drops falling down from the trees into the river sound especially perfect!

  Revisiting this website made me realize how just how much I love nature.

  This is great paired with autumnish songs, such as We Fell In Love In October by Girl In Red, and Cardigan by Talyor Swift. Help me study!

  It's 2 in the morning and has been a very hot and dry summer so I've missed being able to hear rain underneath trees! Not an experience I can easily see or hear so this makes me happy.

  I love how rich the layers of sound are in this mix, the animations really make it come to life. I like having it set on slow and shuffle mode. Really great soundblocker too.

  It’s the best thing; so calming and nice <3

  This generator masks my office's electric hum (with the low-end Dam sliders) and the hissing in my ears (with the high-end water and bird sounds), with just enough aural complexity to be interesting but not distracting.

  Great for relaxing and grabbing a book for a deep read. Sitting under blanket with flashlight vibes. Loved it.

  Perfect for relaxing to while working and forgetting the imminent deadlines of coursework coming up.

  My go-to sound for drowning out my surroundings and getting some work done.

  It reminds me of my favourite type of weather. Very nice when working online and always good at improving my mood.

  Perfect to have on in the background while completing remote learning.

  Really relaxing and gentle. Thank you for making this website.

  I love to listen to this when I'm getting ready for the day.

  Rainy Riverbank is really calming, so it’s perfect to listen to when you're stressed out.

  I really enjoy listening to this sound.

  POV: You're sitting on your balcony during a rainstorm and watching a nearby stream flow endlessly.

  Being a pluviophile, this mix is dear to me.

  POV: you are a caterpillar inside you're cozy cocoon and it's raining hard.

  I love this soundscape. It always calms me down. Try it as a noise blocker.

  It's raining now as I look outside my window. It's too warm and humid to open the windows and hear the calming sounds of the drops, so I turn to this generator on animate. Volume and intensity vary every few seconds, giving my brain something to work on so I can focus at work. It's a serene and natural match of sight and sound. Thanks again, Stephane!

  This is my favorite to fall asleep to! It's not too repetitive and it's very calming! Sometimes I'll also listen to 'It's Raining Somewhere Else' from the Undertale Soundtrack along with it!

  I like this nose for work.

  This is one of my favorites on Animate! <3

  Almost two months into the lockdown and myNoise has been a steady ally to keep my sanity. Rainy Riverbank was one of the first generators to help me fill the oppressive silence with a pleasant background as I work from home, a really quiet and calming soundscape!

  The work put in here is outstanding, you are doing a great thing for people.

  These rain sounds help me study hard in the busiest parts of the library and sleep soundly in a loud dorm. I don't know what I would have done in college without it!

  This is it, this is the noise I have always wanted. Definitely going to donate.

  Finally, soothing noises that don't force me to stream a video or listen to ads. I'm going to donate as soon as I can.

  My favorite from myNoise. If I'm in the mood for music I tend to pair this 'Rainy Riverbank' with, Cinemix online radio.

  i love listening to this with some music going over it. It helps with writing and focusing on reading.

  Like I'm in my own secret temple!

  This has slowly, over the course of years, become my favorite water/rain generators on this site. Competition was fierce, but there's just a special *something* about the "drips" in this one. This setting is one I use to fall asleep most nights. I love it.

  'Rainy Riverbank' was reccomend to me & has been in my phone as a Chrome bookmark for a year. Love this one! I typically mute the birds & quite the 'dam' toggles. This station helped my newborn sleep and I still use it now (5 monther-baby).

  This is the perfect setting for noise blocking for me! I love how it sometimes gets louder and rains a little harder. I'm usually not a fan of rain noises but I was just craving it today. Also, I don't typically listen to the presets, but I love "Light Rain," "Raining Again," "After the Rain," "Under a Tree," and especially "So Quiet."

  Wait, isn't rain, water.

  The most calming sounds ever recorded. Thanks Dr. P. I bought all of your generators on google play to show my support (and because they are all awesome). Please keep up your life-changing work. Because of your sounds I can find serenity anywhere I go.

  Ohhhhhh I loooove this... Not too much white noise (because white noise kinda hurts my ears a bit), the sound of the babbling of the stream, little raindrops tinkling on the water, and the occasional bird call... I'm so stressed at the moment and this totally relaxes me... I could just drop off to sleep right now. Amazing. Thank you so much Stephane... I love this website :)

  The birds have fallen silent as you dip your feet into the calming water of the stream. Rain falls from the sky, cleaning your face and comforting your ears. Perhaps it is cold, but in this moment, the peace of solitude holds you here. The wind blows.

  This has helped cope with my anxiety and stress and it ultimately has inspired me to continue my art and music projects.

  Really relaxing and helps me to study in a noisy classroom!

  The stream and rainfall are steady with drops mixed in, birds are minimal with the bird slider silent. I put the slider on a subtle animation and I feel like it calms my mind enough for sleep.

  This is so calming, a sense of sweet release and of those lazy hours in the early afternoon of a summer day.

  I could fall asleep to this.

  I use this when I study to block out noise. It helps because unlike other generators it doesn't distract me at all. I find that to be the case with most of the generators in the "natural noises" category.

  This is so good. I feel like Im in a rainforest. It helps me relax and study. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

  I got caught in the rain while walking, and found this somewhat dilapidated mill to hide in while I wait out the rain... ceilings are dripping but otherwise fine.

  I wish that this site had been around when I was in college! Lovely, soothing, takes you away from the hustle and bustle, and transports you to your ultimate happy place. Grazie.

  Love this setting. Sounds like a lovely rainy afternoon listening to the birds sing. Perfect for when I'm at the office.

  I love this setting! I play myNoise all the time at work. Since I share office space, I try to be courteous and not play anything too loud or distracting. This is one of those great settings that provides me with enough background noise to focus, but is not loud enough to disturb anyone. I'm so thankful for this site!

  This sound is really beautiful. I like to combine it with Wooden Chimes; it sound like a cozy fall afternoon. Thanks Dr. Pigeon!

  Without a doubt, this is my favorite noise on this site. It's unbelievably calming, especially after you read the description. Every time I listen to it I can imagine myself under a large tree on the side of a river bank as it gently rains. I honestly would not be where I am today without this generator, it helped me get through college, as well as my (slightly) dull job.

  I have insomnia and an anxiety-disorder, and while noises are never quite enough to make me fall asleep, they do help me a LOT to stave off the anxiety before falling asleep. The first time I noticed that I could actually lie in bed in peace, I literally cried. Rainy Riverbank has become one of my favorite settings, especially this setting, which I think balances the stream and the rain perfectly.

  Oh, man, this site overall is amazing, but I'm especially in love with the Rainy Riverbank. I can't sleep without it running :)

  Soft rain tickling down unto the water; love it!

  This is perfectly soothing. Keeping my mind focused enough to immerse myself in my work, but calm enough to keep a healthy critical distance - perfect for long stints of thesis-writing. Thank you!

  I LOVE myNoise! I write for a living (blogs, novels) and I use the sound generators while I write to help me tune out unwanted noise. Rainy Riverbank and Irish Coast are my favorites. I love the combination of rain and rushing water. So soothing! I also use them when I have insomnia at night and they're a huge help. And the app is so convenient! Best noise generator I've ever used!

  The animated rainy river bank immerses me in a place, not in my noisy room and home, but far away in a place of peace. I can focus on the thoughts I am trying to get through to myself and move forward. This is one of my favorites, but this whole website is my favorite place.

  I took refuge in the old mill at midday. The rain came down in buckets, sheets and rolled across the water as it fell. Tucked back inside, I watched the swollen river plunge over the spillway that still held it back. Glad of the moment, I held out for the evening and made camp. Sleep came easy in this place.

  I love this soundscape. I work long days in a building more like a prison than an office, and when things get stressful or particularly difficult, I can put this on and close my eyes. Instantly I am calmed. It's a very subtle sound, not distracting at all, and I can just sit beside the quiet stream and listen to the sounds of water. --C

  I frequently find myself listening to the Rainy Riverbank sounds at the office. It's great for drowning out chatter and keeps me calm while doing so.

  This configuration is an amazing noise blocker! I always use it to fall asleep to, as well.

  I can't believe this amazing website exists. This specific generator is perfect in my opinion, rain + a river, in a peaceful green countryside. What I would give to go and live there for the rest of my days. My setting that I am using now, is quite nice, low rain noise in the background, higher pitched patter patter of rain droplets and light showers, that slightly cover the river. Perfect! <3

  This is my absolute favourite! Thank you so much!

  This noise to me sounds like sitting under a tree just a little back from the stream so you can still hear the stream but the sound of the rain and the wind drowns it out a little.

  This setting reminds me of when it rains rather hard, and the water would rush down the streets, and I would slightly muffle the sound with my blankets by my ears. Very relaxing, amazing generator!

  Listened to this while reading the final quarter of Octavia Butler's "Dawn." The feeling of damp earth after rain suited the gloomy, wet mood of the training grounds. Beautiful stuff.

  ← Close to the water

  I tried playing this in combination with Osmosis while I work as a medical transcriptionist. It is subtle enough that it does not interfere with my listening to dictation, but the background sounds helps make an otherwise monotonous job more enjoyable. I seriously don't know what I would do without this site!

  Imagine yourself sitting on a riverbank under a tree in the rain. You can hear the water running and the rain falling, but also big drops hitting water pooled near the bank and the crackling of drops hitting leaves and twigs on the way down. This is so relaxing to me - I use it for homework, for writing, for falling asleep... anything. It seriously helps me focus and helps my anxiety a lot too.

  Heavy rain over the sound of a fast running river. Just the right amount of droplet sounds. So relaxing to work to.


  Thank you so much. My apartment is suffering from some traffic noise and this helps me work. A true lifesaver.

  I listen to the rain noises while I write. It's the perfect way to block the rest of the world out. Replace the noise and the traffic with the calm of a rainy riverbank.

  ← Washington Rivers

  Love this site and all the sounds! All it needs is the smells to go along with it!

  Really great to listen to while going to sleep. Especially if you have anxiety issues.

  ← 'damn wet' - at first I was like 'but there already are two rain noises', then I listened to it and went like 'ohh ... now this one here is really something else.' ... a minute later I was just simply overwhelmed by the clarity, realism, depth and the spiritedness of this generator. You got me into a precious state of pure, calm audio bliss once more. Thanks.

  Oh my... this is soo Awesome. Relaxing and peacefull

  Amazing. There are few things better than sleeping in whilst listening to this!

  This is wonderful! Just the right amount of drippy-droppy sounds to make the perfect rainscape for me. Gorgeous work, yet again.

  This is phenomenal! Put the animate button on and just listen to how the weather changes here. You'll have nice showers, a few breezes blow through, and sometimes it feels like you're just walking by a burbling river. Absolutely superb.

  This is remarkable. I just discovered this site yesterday, and it seems like I had great timing. Rainy Riverbank is my favorite so far!

  The "So Quiet" preset is really nice, I feel like I'm in a botanical garden by a creek. So beautiful!