One Square Inch of Silence
is what Matt Mikkelson, an audio technician and recording specialist, and Gordon Hempton, audio ecologists, are seeking. They carry around a tripod mounted, facsimile of a human head that is roughly, anatomically correct and has sensitive microphones embedded in the ear canals. Sounds bounce off and wrap around the nose, cheeks, ears and other head structures, just like it does in you and me. They get funneled through the ears to the mics in an attempt to record sounds as we hear them. The head is named Fritz and is carried to remote places trying to find 15 minutes untainted by human sound. This story took place in the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington’s Olympic National Park. Find it on “All Things Considered” NPR Aug 10th, 2018.
I was thinking about this story while I spent about 2 hours at/in Mahogany Hammock in Everglades National Park yesterday. I believe I found One Square Inch of Silence, for about 2 minutes, out there. I also found Germans, Japanese, Americans (about equal numbers of each), and deer flies that were instrumental in keeping the numbers of the previously mentioned low, and in finding the 2 minutes.
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