Digital app allows you to hear the world


PURDUE UNIVERSITY (WLFI) – A Purdue professor is encouraging  the world to record the sounds around them.

Purdue Ecologist Bryan Pijanowski  travels the world recording sounds in nature. He is fascinated on the emotional effect sound has on people.
As a part of Earth Day, Panjinowski and his team of graduate students have developed a digital app which allows anyone to record and upload the sound of their surrounding. The sounds are then made available for listening on his website.

He said sounds in an environment can have a deep personal meaning.

“To be able to connect with a location in a way that requires one sense. I can close my eyes and know where I’m at and almost what time of the year it is, if i listen very carefully,” Pijanowski said.

Pijanowski said people from almost every continent  have uploaded audio. Everything from waterfalls to jack hammers can be heard.

To hear the sounds, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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