Bryan Pijanowski, who describes himself as a soundscape ecologist, has over the years, installed thousands of microphone at different places of the world, so that he can record each and every sound of this world. All through his life, this renowned ecologist took extensive traveling all over the world as a part of his ambitious project, that is to record every sound that our plant earth makes.
It is interesting to know that Bryan Pijanowski has managed to install microphones from the rain forests of Borneo and Costa Rica to the Sahara Desert and the streets of London. This renowned ecologist from Purdue University studies how environmental sounds interact with each other at different parts of the world. He also believes that listening to the world can clue us in to the changing state of the natural world.
As a part of his ambitious project, very soon sensors will go online in Indiana, and the installed collection of microphones all over the world will successfully record oceans, bird songs, insects, animals, traffic and every other sound on Earth for a full year. Bryan Pijanowski further adds, “accumulating these audio files year after year will allow scientists to listen for patterns and measure changes in the environment.”
This is not the first time that such an interesting project has been taken up by an ecologist. In the 1960s, musician Bernie Krause began making recordings of the natural world to be used in films. He later founded Wild Sanctuary, an organization, that records and archives the planet’s soundscapes.
Stuart Gage, an ecologist who works with Pijanowski, compares the job of a soundscape ecologist to that of a doctor with a stethoscope. In an interview to The Verge he says, “A doctor can use a stethoscope to tell 10 different things about your heart we’re holding a stethoscope up to nature. We’re listening to the heartbeat of the environment, whether it’s the heartbeat of a city or the heartbeat of a forest, it’s the heartbeat of the biosphere.”
On Earth Day, Pijanowski launched the Global Soundscapes Project and enlisted thousands of people to record their surroundings with the Soundscape Recorder smart phone app.