‘Being Hear’ Explores Sounds of Nature vs Sound Pollution

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How aware are you of sound pollution? Maybe we need to return to the pure sound of nature in order to reset our noise meters. Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton will guide us in Being Hear

“There are vanishingly few places left on land untouched by human-made sounds, and those quiet areas are shrinking every year. No one knows this better than the US sound recordist and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, an Emmy award-winner who specializes in capturing the sounds of nature. At once a profile, a guided meditation and a call to action, Being Hear follows Hempton as he records sounds on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula – a National Park that contains the continental United States’ only rainforest.” ~ Aeon

FULL FILM: Preventing the All-Consuming Sound Pollution of Modern Life Starts with Listening to Nature | Aeon

Sounds of Nature


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • Great post.

    I think about noise pollution quite often due to living in two very different areas – NYC and Long Island. Though Long Island is very crowded and noisy, there are still places of “relative” quiet in the small patches of woods. I can listen to birds and watch small animals foraging for food. It helps with balance. In NYC it’s difficult to stand in one spot and not get bumped into and the noise level is so high my very cheap phone isn’t loud enough to hear over it.

    Thanks. This sounds like a great film.

    • I love the sound of wind in the trees and waves lapping on a beach — and don’t appreciate a radio or traffic noise in the background. But the quiet places are being more rare.

      • About 25 years ago I lived in an apartment on the south shore of Long Island that was on the water. In Summer I kept the bedroom window open and woke every morning to waves hitting the bulkhead that was part of the apartment complex property. It was a beautiful way to start the day. I would also walk around the neighborhood after dinner most nights. The neighborhood was a beach with a rock jetty for ferries to travel to a barrier island and a couple of restaurants that served food outside with nice views of a large bay, the barrier island and the Atlantic Ocean. I miss it. 😀

    • Nature has a spiritual component that touches everyone. How can any of us live without its beauty, much less the necessary resources that it provides?

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