Monsoon Stories 2019: Acoustic Ecology

By Lauren Gilger, Amanda Luberto
Published: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 10:56am
Updated: Monday, August 23, 2021 - 11:45am

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A beautiful sunset at Organ Pipe National Park
A beautiful sunset at Organ Pipe National Park.

Arizona is now well into its monsoon season.

This year, for KJZZ's "Monsoon Stories" series, we’re zeroing in on the ways that the monsoon season awakens our senses. This week, we bring you another look at how the monsoons sound. This is radio after all.

Dr. Garth Paine is an acoustic ecologist, which means he spends a lot of time listening, and recording, what he hears. He then creates compositions of the environments he records. 

“I like to lie down on the ground when I’m recording, because I like to just be fully present in the soundscape,” he says.

During one recording session, he found himself on the ground outside in Organ Pipe Cactus National Park, surrounded by microphones and, by accident, found himself capturing a perfect monsoon storm. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct Dr. Paine's specialization.


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