Yoto says: A unique fusion of recordings of endangered birds with musical elements to create gentle and inspiring songs.
Cosmo Sheldrake is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer. His album is called ‘Wake Up Calls’, has 13 tracks and a title intended to alert us to the glorious sounds around us, as well as the peril that the natural world faces.
‘Wake Up Calls’ was created over a nine year period, using recordings of bird song featured on the red and amber lists of endangered British birds (with the exception of a Robin and a Blackbird, which aren’t endangered – yet). The album starts at night with a Nightjar and a Nightingale. The music progresses, track by track, through dawn and day time, round to the evening chorus and back to night with another Nightingale and an Owl. Cuckoo Song, is composed by Benjamin Britten and features the sound of a Cuckoo singing above Britten’s grave in Aldeburgh Cemetery, recorded by the soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause. ‘I hope that this music may serve as a wake up call: to help us become more aware of the glorious polyphonic soundworlds that surround us before many of these voices become extinct in Britain, and to remind us not to take any of these creatures and the music that they make for granted’.
2. Nightingale Part 1
3. Dawn Chorus
6. Marsh Warbler
7. Cuckoo Song
10. Evening Chorus
11. Mistle Thrush
12. Nightingale Part 2
13. Owl Song
This Yoto Card requires a Yoto Player or Yoto Mini to be playable.
The Yoto player is a carefully connected screen free speaker for kids. Back in 2015 the founders of Yoto were, like many of us concerned about the effects of to much screen time for their kids.
They decided to make a prototype of a screen free speaker that kids from toddler to 12+ could enjoy. After launching a kickstart campaign in 2017 which was fulfilled in just days the first generation yoto player was put into production. Since then it has been a run away success with more cards and content and useful accessories being launched regularly.
2021 saw the launch of the Yoto mini, a smaller travel sized screen free speaker for day trips and holidays.
Here at Little Goat Gruff we have a Yoto player at home for our little ones, its a huge success and much loved by both of them. All the content is loved, podcasts, music, books plus we use the white noise and sleep songs for bed time and then as a night light! It is a very robust little machine, ours has weathered being left out in the rain (obviously NOT advised!), many drops and knocks and once the card slot may even of been filled with porridge…..we won’t name any names but it survived and is still going strong!