Sounds of the Forest: Hear the heart of nature
Ready for an interesting experience with the Sound of the Forest?
Papua New Guinea presents us with a scene from the paradise of birds singing in the trees. The rainforests of Ankasa in Ghana offer a symphony of cicadas and other insects, while the Ida Mountains in Turkey offer a harmonious blend of red and black pines and the tranquil sounds of endemic plants. How can we experience it all from our couch? The soundmap, Sound of the Forest, allows us to experience the diverse sounds of the world’s forests from the comfort of our own homes.
Created by Wild Rumpus and the Timber Festival, it contains hundreds of records from more than 30 countries and is updated daily. How did they collect so much data for the project? People from around the world helped them create this map with their own recordings. Plus, it’s an open source library. That means you can now have an immersive listening experience with sounds from different forests, birds, insects and more.
Wild Rumpus director Sarah Bird explained to Treehugger why they embarked on such a project, “When the pandemic caused the cancelation of our summer festival Timber, which sees thousands of people in the UK camp out in the National Forest to play, sing, and dance under the forest canopy, we turned our minds to what else we could do to help people connect with the natural world.”
I fell in love with this Sound of the Forest project. And you, curious? Then access the map and enjoy. Want another suggestion? You can take a forest bath near you and record the sound of nature. Have fun listening to it.