The sound youโ€™re about to hear is live from a restored wetland in Plymouth, MA, mixed from dozens of microphones. Stay tuned for a dawn chorus, a sleepy afternoon, a thunderstorm, a bumble bee, and other chance dramas. Special welcome to visitors from the SPRINT Milano Book Salon. Benvenuti a tutti!

We frequently host live special programs. Recent events include Living Sounds: Island Edition, presented with the Points North Institute. For that event, we installed microphones on Whitehead Light Station, an historic lighthouse island in Maine. Earlier this year we presented an evening of of music, performance, reading, and guided meditation at CURRENTS 2020.

Enjoying Living Sounds? Please get in touch! You can always find the link again on the info popup โ†—๏ธ.

The 24/7 live sounds on this site are a mix of dozens of handmade microphones that have been recording for years in the woods and swamps of a recovering wetland in Plymouth, Massachusetts, called Tidmarsh. In this time of self-isolation and shelter-in-place, those of us in cities find ourselves cut off from nature when we need it most. With Living Sounds, we invite you to join us in a real live restoration symphony.

Formerly a large industrial cranberry farm, Tidmarsh was once managed for productivity. Today, the Mass Audubon Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary is a restoration wetland in the continual process of transformation. Restoration is a change of conditions, new and renewed connections, migration, the flow of clean water.

Over the last 8 years, a team of MIT researchers led by an innovative documentary media-maker has been recording the arc of change at Tidmarsh through dozens of microphones, cameras, and sensors in the air, water, and soil. We call ourselves the Living Observatory, and Our aims are to advance the science of ecological restoration, and to find new ways of telling the story of environmental change and resilience.

The visuals on this site were made by different designers inspired by the living sounds. Together, the sights and sounds are here to change the conditions of our collective isolations, listening together to the unfolding story of a fragile ecosystem taking root.

Special ๐Ÿ™ to:
๐Ÿž MIT Media Lab Responsive Environments Group. Want to know more about the research? Check out this report from AP News. Really interested? Have a look at our journal article.
๐Ÿƒ Living Observatory and its founder, ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŽฅ Glorianna Davenport.
๐Ÿฆ† Nan Zhao (NAYO) and ๐Ÿฆ‰ Brian Mayton

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โ€œLiving Soundsโ€ by Orcun Gogus, based on a sketch by Kjetil Golid
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