For those of us sheltering in place, it can feel like the walls are closing in. But our host Gordon Hempton's work as an acoustic ecologist can teach us something vitally important about transcending troubling times: sound can set us free. All we need to do is listen.
In these eight episodes, you'll hear soundscapes from the wildest places on the planet — personally selected by Gordon from his thousands of hours of recordings.
"These sound portraits are really about my love for the planet, and I hope to transfer to you that same feeling of reverence," says Gordon. "Isn't it special to be alive?"
Grab your headphones, relax, and let's listen...
Support for Sound Escapes comes from Jim and Birte Falconer of Seattle.
Sound Escapes is produced by Mark Bramhill and John Kessler. Ashley Ahearn is our editor. Ellen Blackstone is our associate editor. Our communications team includes Ellen Blackstone, Shelly Ellison, and Jason McCue, with technical oversight from Katie Meyer. Jia-yi Liu created the Sound Escapes illustration. Sallie Bodie is our executive producer and BirdNote's executive director.
Over his long career, Gordon Hempton has mastered the art of truly listening. He’s known as the Sound Tracker. Some people call him an acoustic ecologist. His recordings and books have made him an international expert on the beauty and importance of undisturbed, natural soundscapes — and the ways human beings have changed them.
Now, Gordon Hempton is losing his hearing. But with that loss has come an intense urgency to share his life’s work — and his passion — with as many people as are willing to listen.
So, Gordon and BirdNote have teamed up to bring you a truly unique audio experience. Over the seven episodes of this podcast, we’ll be immersed in soundscapes that Gordon hand-picked from some of the most wild, beautiful and sound-rich places he’s visited.
And, he’ll give us a crash course in the art of truly listening — something that he says is a dying art, constantly under threat in our noisy, modern lives.
Throughout this podcast, you’ll hear soundscapes that will immerse you in incredible places and help you become a better listener.
Let's start listening...
Support for Sound Escapes comes from Jim and Birte Falconer of Seattle, Idie Ulsh, and the Horizons Foundation.
Sound Escapes was edited by Jason Saul and written by Ashley Ahearn and Mark Bramhill. Sound design by John Kessler and Laura Giannone. Ellen Blackstone helped with editing and visuals. Social media and marketing help from Shelly Ellison and Liz Felix, and technical oversight from Katie Meyer. Dionne Grayson created the Sound Escapes logo, and Bob Sundstrom and Paul Greenfield prepared our bird lists. Kate Godman was BirdNote's development director at the time of production, and our executive director is Sallie Bodie. Sound Escapes lead image © Randy Roberts. Music by Blue Dot Sessions.