Earth sound

 

What does it mean to listen to the Earth?

It’s an ordinary day on Earth and here we are, you and I, standing together on an ancient spinning planet, flying in endless freefall through the cold vacuum of space. On this wild ride, it's no wonder we cling to the surface for dear life!

Living as surface-dwellers, it’s easy to lose touch with the cosmic forces that drive our planet. Our senses are simply not attuned to them — nor to the other slow natural movements and vibrations that arise much closer to home: the creeping tectonic forces beneath our feet that move entire continents, shape mountain ranges and oceans, and trigger earthquakes; the long, undulating atmospheric acoustic pressure waves that silently enfold us as they jet past at the speed of sound; the rhythmic gravitational pull of moon and sun that hoist the ground beneath our feet up and down a foot or more twice each day. From all directions we’re buffeted by energy that we scarcely notice; our planet bursts with sound and song and dance that we cannot hear.

Using techniques borrowed from seismology and audio engineering, I record the Earth’s deep rhythms and vibrations, convert them into audible sound, and share them via internet audio streams, multi-channel sound installations, and real-time radio broadcasts.

These are the sounds of our home planet. To some, they are noise; to others a moving musica universalis. To all, they are an open invitation to wonder and reflect on what it means to call this Earth our home.

Oklahoma frack quake 20160903
Eastport, Maine 20160202
The Well of Knowing
Tohoku Earthquake 2011 (from WRAB)
Solid Earth Tide Hum 2
May-Aug 2006 (140 days) [clip]
A restless night in paradise
Earth Breath