Earth Day Music

The Batsto River in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

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 (First aired 4-22-04)





Steve Feld

Rainforest Soundwalks

Seyak - Butcherbird [5:00]

Earth Ear #1062.

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

Douglas Quin

Forests: A Book of Hours

Terce [10:00]

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

Christopher Janney


Excerpt [5:00]

Available at

John Luther Adams


Evensong [5:00]

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