Medea, jealous of Jason’s new bride, gave her a poisoned robe. The bride died instantly. As Rachel Carson writes in Silent Spring, we are also now becoming  masters of death by indirection. We transform other living creatures into poison. Death elixirs -- we don’t recognize the devils of our own creation.

Silent devils most of the times.

Like radiation.

I mixed the buzzing and beeping of the UVB-76[1] station streaming alive (recorded on September 18th at 11pm) with the rustling of trees in different frequencies (recorded on September 3rd at 1pm at the ecological reserve of the Pedregal de San Angel, Mexico City) while my computerized voice reconstructed three brief phrases from Rachel Carson’s book. It’s a small way to celebrate its 50th anniversary. 
The UVB-76 station or Buzzer, has been associated frequently with the so-called Dead Man’s hand device. One of the cold war’s souvenirs. On reading Rachel’s writings, about man playing with the atom, awakening an unnatural kind of radiation, I recalled the signals of this phantom Soviet radio station. In my mind, it is the sound I would give these intangible devils we have created (yet have not acknowledged). Radiation turns nature into poison. Nature, though altered, continues. We are the ones in danger of disappearing. 

-- Martha Riva Palacio 

[1] Audio file kindly authorized by SDR MK1 UVB76 Repeater: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license

Ryan Ingebritsen recorded "Whitewater Song Path" during his Song Path residency at the Manning and Whitewater State Parks in Minnesota, in 2010. Ingebritsen is a composer, sound designer, sound artist, electronic musician, and sound engineer whose artistic activities spill over from one world to another. Through all of his artistic activities, he collaborates with musicians, dancers and live performers to create interactive and site specific solutions that enhance expressive possibilities of sound through modes of interaction and utilize spaces and sound systems as instruments in an ensemble. Ingebritsen has distinguished himself as an artistic partner in all of his collaborations and has become an integral part of the new music scene that has exploded in Chicago over the past 10 years.  His work has taken him to Europe, Asia, and Australia and he has worked and had his work presented in premier venues throughout the US such as the Park Avenue Armory in New York and the J Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago working with groups such as eighth blackbird, International Contemporary Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, and choreographers such as Erica Mott, Ginger Farley, and Sarah Shelton-Mann.
When I take a walk in the morning, I hear the birds are singing in the trees
But I’m usually in such a hurry; I don’t listen to what they’re saying to me.

They say, “It’s a good day, cause you know you’re alive
Give your life meaning and you will get by
Do what you say and say what you feel
It’s a good day to mean what you say.”

If I took all of my yesterdays and lined them up with all of my tomorrows
I am reminded to take each opportunity, and not leave them till the day that follows,
Or the next day, and then maybe lose my chance

When I take a walk in the morning, I hear the birds singing happily in the trees
Sometimes I listen to their secrets, and they teach me their philosophy
They say, “Take a chance, if you feel like dancing,
Then go ahead and dance, or start a new romance
Don’t waste your time on superficial things
Concentrate your efforts on what laughter brings.” 

Birds don’t waste their energy on yesterday, they don’t focus on imagined tomorrows
They only see what’s in front of them, they don’t wonder about what will follow 
They just fly away, and they keep on singing their song

Now when I take a walk in the morning, I say hello to my feathered friends in
The trees
Then I stop and talk to my neighbor, we laugh and pet his dog Louise

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"Philosophy of Birds" is a song lyric by Victoria Fuller. Check back soon for a recording of the song. 
Victoria Fuller is an award winning professional artist and singer/songwriter who has shown extensively throughout the United States at galleries, museums, corporations, municipalities, and public parks. She received a BA from Regis College in Denver and an MFA from SAIC. In 1986 she received a fellowship award from the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities, in 2000 she received a Fellowship Award from the Illinois Art Council, and an Illinois Arts Council CAAP Grant in 2010. Her large-scale outdoor sculpture “Shoe of Shoes” created for the Fifth Annual International Sculpture Exhibition at Navy Pier in Chicago, was in The Really Big Shoe Show at City Museum in St. Louis, is now at Brown Shoe Company, in St. Louis. Another large-scale sculpture, Global Garden Shovel, was commissioned by Sound Transit in Seattle and is installed along the public transit line, in the Columbia City plaza. http://www.victoriafullerart.com


Emeka Ogboh made this field recording of birds in Lagos, Nigeria -- for Lagos Soundscapes
Bernie Krause is a musician, author, soundscape recordist and bio-acoustician, and the author of The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places and other books. He also directs Wild Sanctuary

Bernie made this recording in Aceh Province, Sumatra, Indonesia, in early March of 1991. In late 2004, a tsunami demolished much of the shoreline along the coast, and the surviving inhabitants needed wood for cooking and rebuilding. The nearby forest where this was recorded was their most accessible source. Much of that forest has been decimated and what is represented in this recording is a site that no longer resonates with anything like the rich biophonic textures that existed only a short time ago. 
above: spectrogram showing the extraordinarily rich bandwidth of the biophony in Aceh Province
Ringstead includes sounds of Dorset; a series of field recordings from locations near Joe Stevens' home, released as monthly soundscapes that aim to reflect on the changing landscape:

"My practice is people orientated and explores issues in an engaging and creative way. My vision is explored through print, photography, moving image and sound. I feel that each different subject area under investigation demands different approaches to achieve defined representation. I’ve always been interested in trying to express my collaborative work in a way that is moving and non-judgmental." -- Joe Stevens

Click here to read more about Joe Stevens, and click here to find out out more about Ringstead, including a description of each of the tracks.  Stevens has given permission for Ringstead to appear at 
A celebration of Silent Spring at 50 happened at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education on April 21, during  the Green Gary Day program hosted by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, in partnership with the Borderbend Arts Collective

This program included readings from Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and a conversation with Patricia DeMarco, Director of the Rachel Carson Institute. Those who read passages from Silent Spring included Daniel Weinberg, Celeste Ux, Ellen Szarleta, Brenda Scott Henry,  Eric Diamond, Marsha Bradley & Eric Leonardson. Dan Godston facilitated this event. 

Click here to find out more. 
Patricia DeMarco, Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University, was interviewed during an episode of The Wilderness Center's "Wild Ideas" podcast series. "Wild Ideas" is co-hosted by Gordon Maupin and Joann Ballbach.  

Show notes: Phenotypic plasticity makes Gary’s head spin. Joann loves the constellation Sagittarius. Gordon’s review of the plant Sagittaria points to a fictional hero Katniss from “The Hunger Games,” which leads to an interview with Patricia DeMarco about the real life hero Rachel Carson. 

Click on the audio player below to listen to the podcast. 
The Wilderness Center's Interpretive
Building in Wilmot, OH

view of Wilderness Lake