The Nature of Things
Alright, all you David Suzuki fans – I just found out that “The Nature of Things” made an episode about sound, which aired in the 2015-16 season. The episode is promoted as being about “How sound can cure the sick, make the blind see, and change the taste of food.” But there is much more to it than that. There is a seasonally timely section about a company in Vancouver called the Silent Gardener – they use no noisy machines. (Well, they do use a couple, but they are extremely quiet – a lawnmower and a battery driven weedeater.) And there is a lovely section about the social and political role of bells in Venice and Florence. And of course, there is quite a bit about noise. You even get to see an old photo of R. Murray Schafer on the steps of Simon Fraser University when the film discusses soundscapes.
Have fun watching it – here is the link.