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Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth

A highly interactive presentation hosted in our planetarium guides audiences through the groundbreaking new science of Soundscape Ecology.

Listen...can you hear that? It’s the sound of the Earth! Global Soundscapes takes you on a sound safari to explore the health of our planet...with your ears. Travel the globe with scientists to investigate the spectacular soundscapes of Costa Rica’s rainforests, Hawaii’s coral reefs, and Mongolia’s vast grasslands. Learn how animals use sounds to survive and communicate in lush, but threatened environments. Experience basic acoustics through interactive activities and incredible slow-motion footage of pulsating musical instruments, vibrating vocal cords, and slobbering “raspberries.” With Global Soundscapes’ unique format—combining full-dome imagery, surround sound, and live presentation—you’ll hear the Earth in a whole new way.


Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth takes viewers on an ear-opening journey into the science of sound and the emerging field of soundscape ecology. Audiences will become physically involved as they journey to faraway lands and investigate the properties of sound. They will learn all about soundscapes: what they are, how scientists record them, and why they are important in learning about the biodiversity of different ecosystems. But don’t take our word for it, watch the program trailer to see (and hear) for yourself. Watch the trailer below!


Our first Soundscape event will take place exclusively for our active Science Center members on February 27 with shows at 5 & 6 p.m. Head to our events page to learn more.

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