Sounds of waves, cicadas or birds: when the soothing sounds of nature become a real business

Sounds of waves, cicadas or birds: when the soothing sounds of nature become a real business
Sounds of waves, cicadas or birds: when the soothing sounds of nature become a real business

It’s a fact: the sounds of nature can soothe us in times of stress.

Compilations of sounds of waves, cicadas or rain have tens of millions of views on the Web.

This nature which invades our imagination has also become a real business.

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He has sold 2 million albums during his career. And yet, he is completely unknown to the general public. Recorded over the last four decades, Fernand Deroussen’s sounds are now a hit on platforms. This audio-naturalist records the sounds of nature. “My role is to make the link with humanity, to tell people: ‘listen to nature again, listen to the wild world again, and then contemplate, it’s beautiful’“, explains this sound hunter who lives in the Vercors, which we can discover in the TF1 report at the top of the article.

Nature, the best stress reliever

It’s well known: the sounds of nature soothe the most tense among us. According to a Canadian study, listening to these noises, even artificial ones, are beneficial for your health. They cause a reduction in stress, blood pressure or heart rate.

In recent years, compilations of the sounds of waves, cicadas or rain have multiplied and have tens of millions of views on social networks. They even invade more urban environments, whether in shopping malls, parking lots and even cars. At the top of the list: the sound of flowing water, that of small birds or even that of the crackling of the fireplace fire, are all the rage.

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This nature which invades our imagination has also become a real business. In a chain of Parisian stores, alarm clocks and meditation objects broadcasting nature sounds have invaded the shelves. The store recorded more than 8% in sales in 2024 alone. With prices ranging from 40 euros to more than 200 euros for a “dawn simulator” light object, there is something for all budgets.


The editorial staff of TF1info | TF1 report: Matthias Beringer, Philippe Véron

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