The Loneliest Mix is an audio project by Mike Ambs, sharing the beautiful and rare song of a hybrid blue whale, known by the name the Loneliest Whale, one mix-tape at a time. 

Imagine roaming the world’s largest ocean year after year alone, calling out with the regularity of a metronome, and hearing no response.

In 2011, I came across an article on GOOD about the  loneliest Whale in the World - the headline caught my eye being that I am partial to Blue Whales - citing a 2004 New York Times story, this particular whale has been closely monitored by the NOAA since 1992:

It sings at 52 Hertz, which is roughly the same frequency as the lowest note on a tuba, and much higher than its fellow whales, whose calls fall in the 15 to 25 Hertz range. […]To make matters worse, the high-pitched whale “does not follow the known migration route of any extant baleen whale species.

I was excited to find NOAA had shared the audio file of this truly unique song - the posted recording was sped up by 10x, which is actually common with all whale recordings, the increased speed makes the songs more audible on lower-end speakers. 

I searched everywhere for the normal-speed audio file of the whale’s song, but it was no where to be found online. I decided to bring the 10x audio file into FCP and reversed the playback speed 10x, which produced the most beautiful, dream-like noise; a strange trembling / vibration effect.

Something about it makes me feel calm. I listened to it on a loop for days.