Here’s an interesting story in the Seattle Times about a professional sound recorder struggling to preserve the little quiet spot he found in Olympic Nat’l Park.

Uninterrupted natural quiet is so rare Hempton thinks many people under the age of 30 have never heard it. “Whenever someone tells me they know a quiet place, I figure they have an undiagnosed hearing impairment, or they weren’t really listening. Most people believe they know what natural quiet is, but they have not had the experience; it is not the same thing as sitting in an empty theater, a church, a library.

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“We spend our lives in containers. Cars. Buildings. Planes. Natural quiet is in open, living space. It’s alive.”

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