Earth is a Solar
Powered Jukebox

Gordon Hempton


Global Sunrise
Global Sunrise: The musical sounds of dawn

A never-ending wave of bird song follows the rhythm of the earth's rotation as if the sun never stopped rising and the... more

Earth is a Solar Powered Jukebox (PDF Book)

A complete guide to listening, recording, and sound designing with nature. Gordon Hempton, The Sound Tracker®, covers... more

Ocean is a Drum
The Ocean is a Drum

As barometric pressure raises and lowers, it beats upon the Ocean to send waves outward towards the shore. It is here,... more

One Square Inch Of Silence
One Square Inch of Silence

The Hoh Rain Forest at Olympic National Park is the least noise-polluted place in the lower 48 states--an acoustic... more

American Prairie
American Prairie

Prairies, while appearing simple, are botanically among the most diverse and highly evolved of all habitats.... more

Earth is a Solar Powered Jukebox
Earth is a Solar Powered Jukebox (Audio)

Experience the joy of listening during this one hour World Tour of forests, prairies, wetlands, riparian zones,... more

Pipestone Canyon
Pipestone Canyon

Western meadowlarks are among my favorite songbirds, each singing clear sequenced notes that are improvised. Normally,... more

Snowy Crickets
Snowy Crickets

One of my favorite autumn concerts, these snowy crickets live and trill in the cool bottomlands of a remote valley in... more

Cricket Thunder
Cricket Thunder

We are seated beside a lake in perfect stillness while a distant thunderstorm approaches, offering a spellbinding... more


One of the world’s last truly wild places is Zabalo--deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest--a place so remote... more


Gordon Hempton is turning up the volume on Earth’s rarest sounds while working to preserve them for future generations.


There is something about them that makes you want to redefine the words, "truth and beauty." Listening to them through headphones, with your eyes closed, inspires visions as vivid as outright hallucinations.

The Weekly

Pure, unedited nature... a blend of science and poetry.


America's foremost guru of quiet.

USA Today

In a way, his recordings carry on the tradition of American photographer Ansel Adams whose technically perfect photographs captured the undisturbed, timeless beauty of the mountain vistas and majestic canyons of the American West.

Monitor Radio

It is the sound of the awakening... a hallelujah chorus... His recordings will immortalize the few remaining quiet corners of the Earth.

San Francisco Examiner

Your ears are caressed by resonant acoustical poetry.

The Seattle Times

Gordon Hempton brings new meaning to the word "purist." He meticulously scouts out sites for his soundscapes... Hempton is totally in touch with his environment as a listener, and he is committed to bringing what he hears to a wider audience.


Someday Gordon Hempton's recordings may be heard as the last echo of nature at its most natural.

Philadelphia Inquirer

The Film


“This is a remarkable journey:
a quest for imperiled Nature
an artist who never stopped listening.”

—Ken Burns

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The Book

One Square Inch of Silence

“Many books help us see the world differently; this one induces us to hear the world clearly.”

—Booklist, Starred Review

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