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Brief Published: 23 Jul 2021

New Initiatives Amplify Nature Sounds for Wellbeing

Kew's Summer of Sound exhibition at Wakehurst

Consumers are increasingly reconnecting with nature via the power of sound. From nature sounds livestreamed from consumers’ backyards, to new artistic installations amplifying the whispers of the forest, we highlight initiatives embracing the healing power of ambient nature noises.

  • Sonic Strategies: Recently funded on Kickstarter, US start-up Terra’s inaugural product brings the sound of nature into the home using its weather-proof mushroom-shaped audio streaming device.
    After placing Terra in their gardens, users can broadcast real-time hyper-local wildlife sounds through its integrated microphones to their phone or Bluetooth speakers via the device’s paired app. Digital signalling cuts out unwanted noise, such as human voices, traffic, machinery and other man-made sounds – thus addressing any privacy concerns surrounding the gadget.
    There’s also an educational element to Terra; it identifies local species of birds by their song, helping consumers forge a deeper connection to the wildlife around them. By collecting animal sounds day and night, Terra also provides scientists and conservationists with data to aid their understanding of wildlife migration habits and improve habitat preservation and conservation.
  • The Soundscape Escape: The summer 2021 exhibition at Kew Gardens’ Sussex-based botanic garden, Wakehurst, features six large-scale installations by award-winning sound artists, which amplify the natural sounds of the wild garden.
    These include a series of solar-powered metal horns in the wetlands, designed by British audio-visual artist Kathy Hinde, which reveal the subaquatic sounds emanating from the waterways. And Estonian artist Birgit Õigus amplifies the often-overlooked noises of a meadow with three wooden megaphones nestled amongst Coates Wood.