Earth Day Music

On this edition of New Sounds, hear music to celebrate Earth Day. There’s a helping of music by Tasmanian composer and naturalist Ron Nagorcka, who uses the sounds of forest surroundings, like water, birds, and wind. Hear music from Steven Feld’s Rainforest Soundwalks, an aural collection of purely environmental sound with a stunning depth of field. Plus, listen to excerpts from Elodie Lauten's Gaia Cycle, an electronic work based on a correspondence with the rotation of the earth and the yearly cycle, and much more.

PROGRAM # 2276, From Music for Earth Day (Thurs. 4-22-04)





Steve Feld

Rainforest Soundwalks

Seyak - Butcherbird [5:00]

Earth Ear #1062. 1-888-356-4918,*

James Newton

Echo Canyon

Echo Canyon [5:30]

Celestial Harmonies #012***

Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble

Music for The Native Americans

Twisted Hair [3:30]

Capitol #28295**


Where Young Grass Grows

Live Recording (on horseback) [2:00]

Shanachie #66018***

Les Gilbert

Kakadu Billabong

6:55am, Shining Flycatcher, Swamp Pheasant [5:00]

Natural Symphonies #131 Compass Records 117 30th Ave. Nashville, TN 37212, 800-757-2277. OR*

Douglas Quin

Forests: A Book of Hours

Terce [10:00]

Earth Ear #9022 1-888-356-4918,*

Christopher Janney


Excerpt [5:00]

Info at

John Luther Adams


Evensong [5:00]

Opus One #66 (LP); LP perhaps available at, another recording of the piece is on Centaur #2273, available at

Ron Nagorcka & Robert Williams

Devils of the Night

Galah [3:30]

Move #3259

Paul Winter

Earth-Voices of a Planet

Talkabout [2:00]

Living Music #0019**

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