“This is a remarkable journey: a quest for imperiled Nature by an artist who never stopped listening.”
-Ken Burns, describing the film "Soundtracker"
"Soundtracker" is a documentary about nature sound-recordist Gordon Hempton. It premiered at the Sedona International Film Festival in March 2010 and will have its Canadian Premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto at the beginning of May.
Hot Docs described the film in the following way:
“Pure sound unaltered by human hands is becoming increasingly difficult to find.
Gordon Hempton is an Emmy Award-winning sound recordist who has spent the last 30 years trying to find and record the vanishing sounds of nature in an attempt to capture a disappearing sensory experience.
Filmmaker Nicholas Sherman observes Hempton in the wilderness for 30 days and uncovers an obsessive artist on a quest for perfection in this obscure medium. Hempton’s natural ability to locate and articulate himself through sound has a contagious energy and gives his work a transportive quality. Soundtracker is a fascinating meditation on the world’s changing landscape and the things we may be leaving behind in the service of progress.”
This is a blog by the Producer/Director of Soundtracker, Nicholas Sherman. It's a place to read more about this film, about acoustic ecology, and about the importance of listening to the world around us. It is a work in progress and this is just the first of many steps.