This lovely, immersive 360 video follows Hempton as he navigates a busy, astonishingly noisy urban intersection and the Pacific Northwest’s Hoh Rainforest, considered one of the quietest places on earth. The video draws our awareness to just what it is we’re hearing, or not, and the unique, extraordinarily complex sounds of silence.
As Hempton puts it,
"Silence isn’t the absence of something, but the presence of everything."
In an interview with On Being’s Krista Tippett, Hempton talks about the “fundamental frequency of each habitat”:
"Oh, grass wind. Oh, that is absolutely gorgeous, grass wind and pine wind. We can go back to the writings of John Muir, which — he turned me on to the fact that the tone, the pitch, of the wind is a function of the length of the needle or the blade of grass. So the shorter the needle on the pine, the higher the pitch; the longer, the lower the pitch."
Hempton has said that what he likes most about listening is “that I disappear”. Disappear into the sounds Hempton has recorded for his website The Sound Tracker.
Hempton’s recent book is One Square Inch of Silence, One Man’s Quest to Preserve Quiet.
Modern dreams of death and dying are deeply "humanistic", tethered to a vision of the self as independent and removed from "nature".
the dark stages of dissolution that precede the transformation of butterflies
In a time of growing ecological and humanitarian crises, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee bears witness to the darkness of the dying myth we are stranded in.
two excerpts from the online SAND event with Thomas
67 people from all over the world to take a DNA test. It turns out they have much more in common with other nationalities than they thought ...
Life and death are not the opposites the modern mind has made them to be.
An Open Online Event with Thomas Hübl
In our world right now there are economic and political and surveillance systems that need help in dying.
To celebrate Earth Day we would like to offer you the following mediation, which is a is a love letter to the Earth, written by Thay.
Covid-19 is the first time in our lives that nature has turned against us on a planetary scale.
How does one choose to walk closely to the dying every day?
Creating an Inhabitable World for Humans Means Dismantling Rigid Forms of Individuality
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