This interview really resonates.I enjoyed many of the observations. Gordon Hempton is helping us to experience the joys of ephemeral treasures.
On the other hand, I disagree that "focusing (or listening for a specific sound) is a form of controlled impairment..." This sounds odd as he filters with headphones and a focusing-microphone to selectively pick and choose, like a real artist -I might add.
Although it is clever rhetoric, I also disagree with the oversimplified notion that"Silence is not an absence of sound; it is an absence of noise."This is convenient in order to romanticize sound, as in the poetics of trains..., etc., but less sound does contribute to the quality of quietude.
Also, do we really hear birdsong as mere "music"? Although music may be the language of sound, language is not necessarily musical; it may be appreciated for other qualities. This could digress into old debates of Form or Function, Substance or Style, Beauty or Truth…CONTENT or CONTEXT…
My focused thoughts are: Silence or Tranquility, Quiet or Tranquility, Nature or Domestic. There is mention of DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, yet the only ones who seem to be actively seeking it are those who are pushed over the edge. They foolishly end up incarcerated from resorting to physical action after some altercation due to fireworks, barking dogs, loud music, loud parties, etc.
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