Whether you're a long-time listener, or have just come across our work, welcome! In the twelve years since EarthEar released its first CDs, we've shifted from being a global retailer of over a hundred titles from many labels, to just focusing on our own diverse line of releases. Since 2006, I’ve been focusing on the Acoustic Ecology Institute (see link to left), though EarthEar has steadily co-released new CDs every year as well. In 2009 the EarthEar site was enhanced with way more audio, streamlined navigation, and a Sound Blog featuring aural musings from EarthEar artists and friends. Enjoy your visit!
- Jim Cummings, EarthEar founder
Pure, unretouched nature fills the bulk of the set, focusing on especially surprising and engaging voices; also includes tastes of composing with layered natural & urban soundscape recordings.
Among the highlights are several African choral pieces, a trans-Atlantic meeting of primates, and the blurring of distinctions between the musics of nature and man.
The most traditional natural sound release in our collection. Long tracks offer relaxing ambience, yet also reward attentive listening.
One of the real pleasures of the disc is the variety of textures and rhythms found in the bat calls. The disc is also commendable for its brevity: rather than extend the experiment beyond the limits of either the listeners’ attention or the musicians' muses, Zitta wisely offers us a stellar 38 minutes of musical grace, easily repeated.
The sounds here are about evenly split between human/urban soundscapes and the voices of “nearby” nature. Includes recordings by Doug Quin, John Hudak, Jim Metzner, Thomas Gerwin, Michael Rüsenberg, many others.
This CD-length composition shares much with Dunn’s classic Chaos and the Emergent Mind of the Pond, with its wide range of insect sounds creating a web of percussive scratching and ticking. The extensive notes make a case for expanding study of bark beetle biology to include their acoustic behaviors.
World-tinged jazz ensemble featuring clarinet, guitar, bass, large wooden flutes, and percussion; natural sounds form the foundations for the tone and improvisations of each cut. Three tracks feature spoken-word vocals, exploring the fraying bonds between nature & humanity.
Our most familiar-sounding “music with nature” release, with a rich, embracing tone that can appeal to a wide audience while avoiding new age clichés.
Includes animals recorded at waterholes, church singing and tourist performances, and storytelling.
The CD has 40 tracks, nearly all being natural sounds, with a few exploring human sound-making.
A straightforward day cycle in a rich soundscape, including monkeys in early morning, a bamboo forest at midday, cicadas at dusk, and night ambience.
Rich and varied underwater insect choruses.
What can I say? The CDs are awesome! You have done some fantastic work here and all of the publications are absolutely beautiful in every way; you have created thoughtful works of art with great integrity.
- Jason Reinier, KPFA Berkeley
The EarthEar CDs are very accessible, intriguing sensory excursions which can be visited over and over without monotony. . . . A bold step beyond stale background/relaxation nature audio.
- New Age Voice
Nature sounds appear to be making a quiet comeback. EarthEar is leading the way with quality titles from both new and well-known environmental sound artists.
- NAPRA ReVIEW
I am a longtime listener of nature sounds, with close to 400 CDs in my collection. I love all the discs I have gotten from EarthEar to date. I must congratulate you on The Dreams of Gaia: it is solidly produced, extensively annotated, beautifully packaged. A first rate job in all respects.
- Jim Remsen, Jr.
Every week I’m stunned by your productions used on Living on Earth. I wait for them!
- Anonymous LOE listener
You may have already been bored by an hour of the same rushing stream or some soft new-age piano music repetitiously blended with the cry of loons. Serious environmental sound artists are up to something deeper and more complex that takes a bit more effort to comprehend, but is much more satisfying.
Earth Ear (provides) high-quality recordings and books that present the sound of the natural world as a new art form.
A new generation of recordists has been transforming what had been a documentary-like discipline into a lively art.
The special genius of EarthEar artists is in collecting sounds from natural habitats and shaping them into fascinating sound sculptures. . . . EarthEar provides the most original environmental sound art I have ever heard.
- Marius-Christian Burcea, Romanian radio host
Found Earth Ear in Google search for this album. The label's page linked to tunes.com, the artiste's page recommended cdnow, and I experienced frustrations in establishing an order in both cases. So here I am! And you look much more of a :-) than the others! Best wishes.
- Patrick Rix
The best soundscape recordings are not gentle, easy listening ambiences but revelations of our environment of sudden intensity. . . . Like all real art, these works teach us to experience the world anew even after they have stopped playing. Like the best nature photography, nature phonography can be sensitive, inspiring, deep and perceptive, and get beyond the easy sense of voyeurism.
- E Magazine
Well done! I love them all.
- Dwight Loop, Earwaves
I have started buying from EarthEar. First box came and went before most hit the shelf (let alone email update list..). I am especially fond of the work of Douglas Quin and David Dunn... So amazing...
- Mark, Synaesthesia Records, Australia
Earth Ear is making a concerted effort to provide listeners with profound experiences of different environments and ecosystems, and this recording (Forests) is a superb example of a truly musical work integrated with sounds of the natural world.
- Caleb Deupree, Ambient Visions
A bold step beyond stale background/relaxation nature audio.
- New Age Voice
Serious environmental sound artists are up to something deeper and more complex that takes a bit more effort to comprehend, but is much more satisfying.