Gordon Hempton's Quest To Preserve Earth's Rarest Sounds For Future Generations (VIDEO)

April 21, 2015 1:08 PM

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As an acoustic ecologist, Gordon Hempton has been capturing the sounds of life for more than 30 years. He has circled the globe three times over, recording everything from the big-city bustle to nature recordings from remote locations. Through it all, Hempton has come to appreciate one of the most beautiful sounds on the planet: silence.

Silence, Hempton says, isn't the absence of something, but the presence of everything -- and it's a vanishing commodity in today's landscape. Amid the constant noise of everyday life, it's easy to forget about the soft babbling of a jungle stream, the flute-like calls of a chirping bird or the boomi...

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