#3717: Celebrating Earth Day

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New Sounds celebrates Earth Day with music recorded about, around, and with the Earth. Hear flutist James Newton, the butcherbird, and former Band-member Robbie Robertson collaborate with crickets in their own ways. John Luther Adams brings an ensemble of 34 percussionists to the middle of a forest in Vermont. Paul Winter Consort duets with whales. On this episode of New Sounds, composers use the sounds of the natural world to make music that belongs not just to humanity, but to the whole planet. 

PROGRAM #3717 Celebrating Earth Day (First aired on 4/22/2015)  





Steven Feld

Rainforest Soundwalks: Ambiences Bosavi New Guinea

Seyak, Butcherbird [4:24]

Earth Ear - #20801062

James Newton

Echo Canyon

Echo Canyon [6:24]

Celestial Harmonies - #13012

Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble

Music for the Native Americans

Twisted Hair [3:17]

Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol - #28295


A Winged Victory for the Sullen

A Winged Victory for the Sullen

We Played Some Open Chords and Rejoiced, For the Earth Had Circled the Sun Yet Another Year [6:05]

Kranky - #KRANK157

Phillip Kent Bimstein feat. Turtle Island String Quartet

Garland Hirschi’s Cows

Dark Winds Rising: With the Earth  [3:16]

Starkland - #ST 205

Kronos Quartet

Sun Rings

Terry Riley: One Earth, One People, One Love [4:31]

Not Commercially Available – Kronos Quartet’s website

Inuksuit Ensemble


John Luther Adams: Inuksuit [excerpt] [7:23]

Cantaloupe – CA #21096

Paul Winter Consort

Earth Music

Belly of the Whale [5:21]