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  • In the 21st Century, silence comes at a premium - with cars, trucks, airplanes, radios, cell phones and literally thousands of other noise-producing machines and gadgets surrounding us most of the time, it's often hard to imagine what the world might have sounded like before the industrial revolution. Gordon Hempton is a man who has devoted himself to capturing the unaffected sounds of nature before it's too late. An Emmy-winning sound engineer, he is fascinated by the notion of pure and natural sound, and he often hikes through the wilderness with a portable recording rig, hoping to capture the sound of a particular bird or animal in its natural habitat, or the ambient sounds of a clearing without the aural intrusion of human-made machinery. Filmmaker Nicholas Sherman offers an inside look at Hempton's work and his effort to capture the pure sounds of nature before they're drowned out in the documentary Soundtracker.

The Art of Living Well: Soundtracker