Musical compositions inspired by the sounds of nature can bring relief, while simultaneously raising awareness of issues related to climate change.
The sounds of rain can feel comforting and relaxing. Yet in the face of changing weather, rain can also be harbinger of environmental disaster.
“Hello day, I wanted to talk to you about the weather,/ though I never stop talking about it in blood and breath.” A poem by a contemporary British poet.
Zoë Skoulding’s poem “Weather this” is both playful and serious, teasing out a meditation on how we perceive the natural world.
In a world full of constant noise, it is easy to shut off from quieter sounds. By soundwalking, we can open our ears up again.
Cymatics – the study of visible sound – is quite easily explored. All you need to do is rub your fingers around the rim of a glass...
“The women cluster at the cathedral,/ hair in careful bouffant helmets/ armored and elegant, poised to herd/ purposefully/ into Mystery.” A poem by a contemporary American poet.
Cynthia Hogue’s poem “The Simple” is a rejection of the temptation of absolutes.
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton talks about the sound of melting snow, what it means to truly listen, and how silence continues to creep away from us.