Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sounds of Silence

Simon and Garfunkel sang about it, but today is ever more difficult to find silence, natural silence. Ask Gordon Hempton, he's been searching for it all around the world, only to come back to his hometown, where he's trying to preserve his own square inch of silence, in the middle of the Olympic National Park. He wrote about his adventures in the book One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Quest to Preserve Silence.

I hiked with Gordon and Carlos Fresneda through beautiful woods. Carlos wrote about it in his elmundo.es blog. You can see more photos from this 5km magical hike in Mercury Press' archive, here. I will never listen the same way after this sound experience. You can read Gordon's own "silence" blog here.

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