Interested in learning more about sound and soundscape ecology? Check out these resources from Purdue University and others.
Scientists need your help! Join citizen scientists from around the world who are recording soundscapes to help scientists study earth’s diverse sounds and what they tell us about the health of the world we live in. Use the free Record the Earth app to record your own soundscapes and share them with the world.Available on the iPhone App StoreAndroid App On Google Play
Soundscape ecology is a growing field of research that uses sound to track how ecosystems change over time. At the Center for Global Soundscapes at Purdue, Bryan Pijanowski and his team of researchers are collecting hours of sound at locations like the Alaskan tundra and a rainforest in Borneo. By analyzing the recordings, they can reveal changes in each ecosystem that we might not otherwise be able to see. Want to learn more? Visit the Center for Global Soundscapes to learn more.
Over 2,400 participants, more than 4,500 soundscapes... and the number keeps growing. Visit Record the Earth to hear recordings collected from around the world. Map out the places where there are soundscapes that make people happy.
Purdue scientists have found some amazing sounds in their research files including “My Car Won’t Start,” “Howler Monkey, God of Thunder,” and “Penguin Party.” Listen, like, and share them with others!
Calling all future soundscapers! Visit the iListen Portal and meet real soundscape ecologists, listen to soundscape recordings, and learn the tools and skills you need to participate in 3 iListen research missions. Designed for grades 5–8; fun for all ages.
Explore the science of soundscape ecology with inquiry-based lessons for grades 5–8. Designed for classrooms and informal learning settings, activities explore the physics of sound, animal communication, and sound observation and analysis skills. Aligns with Next Generation Science Standards.
Take a sound walk and learn how to identify sounds in your surrounding soundscapes. (45 minutes, outdoors, small group)
Listen to recordings and identify different sounds; then categorize sounds by their source – biophony, geophony, and anthrophony. (45 minutes, indoors, large group)
Learn how sound can be visualized through oscillograms and spectrograms using free sound editing and visualization software. (60‑90 minutes, indoors, small group)