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DAWN CHORUS - with Gordon Hempton

  • The Resonance Box 5255 Chicago Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55417 United States (map)

Join in for Resonance Box's grand opening with nothing less than an absolutely magical evening with the world renowned acoustic ecologist, Gordon Hempton and his treasured work, the DAWN CHORUS. Experience the rising of the sun from one side of planet earth to the other as the soundscapes shift around you.

Opening night with Gordon Hempton - Tuesday, January 9, 7 pm

Reception - Thursday, January 11, 7 pm


Sound Ecologist & Silence Activist

Concerned with the dwindling number of spaces on earth where total silence still lives, Gordon Hempton has dedicated more than 35 years of his life to the study and archiving of the sounds in our world. His work raises much needed awareness to how we listen, not just to one another, but more so to our surroundings, and the nature that we have mostly removed ourselves from. His work poetically opens our ears to the sounds that have guided the survival of our species, our intricate relationship with birds, and what we hear if we listen without any filters. 

Gordon Hempton has received recognition from the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. He studied botany and plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin. His sound portraits, which record quickly vanishing natural soundscapes, have been featured in People magazine and a national PBS television documentary, Vanishing Dawn Chorus, which earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement. Hempton is subject of a feature film, Soundtracker, and co-author of One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Quest to Preserve Quiet, (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2010). He is Founder and Vice President of One Square Inch of Silence Foundation and Quiet Planet. Hempton has now circled the globe three times in pursuit of nature's music and produced more than 60 albums available on iTunes. He lectures widely on the importance of listening. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington. 


GLOBAL SUNRISE at The Resonance Box

Produced after nearly four decades of recording sunrise around the world, Gordon Hempton, The Sound Tracker, attempts his greatest masterpiece.  We hear the rising sun sweep across the face of six continents.  This global dawn chorus is a never ending wave of birdsong,  evolving over time with the evolution of life itself.  It is Gordon’s hope that this acoustic equivalent of NASA’s photo of Earth, will awaken our inherent reverence for life, all lives, not just human, and promote the need to protect places on Earth from noise pollution, so that we can continue to listen to what the Earth is telling us.  And the Earth is speaking, if we would only listen.




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