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Silence and the Presence of Everything

Gordon Hempton

Silence and the Presence of Everything

Silence is an endangered species, says Gordon Hempton. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox." Quiet is a "think tank of the soul." We take in the world through his ears.

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  • Gordon Hempton

    Gordon Hempton

    is founder and vice president of The One Square Inch of Silence Foundation based in Indianola, Washington. His books include, together with John Grossman, One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Quest to Preserve Quiet. He has produced more than 60 albums of natural soundscapes.

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Image By Richard DarbonneGordon Hempton records the winter silence of the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park near One Square Inch of Silence.

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