The Principals’ Sound Journeys

Using field recordings documented by Chris Watson (the guy behind all of David Attenborough’s intoxicating wildlife documentaries), Brooklyn-based design studio The Principals recently created an interactive journey that guides visitors through the sounds of the natural world. Participants walk through three distinct aural zones—forest, canyon and sea—as sound elements like winds gusting across Norwegian islands or seals singing in Antarctica play with one’s sense of space. “Is the sea defined by its waves, or the sound they make as they crash into the shore?” they ask, in an effort to give deeper context to remote sounds in our climate-shifting world.