'The Unsung Planet': Resilience, Resonance and Our Sonic Imagination

Mosaic of four images taken by Rosetta's navigation camera in 2014 of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
Fellow Project Academic Year
2021
2022

“The Unsung Planet” provides a critical examination of the complex relationships that exist between sound and the environment and invites readers into a more attentive awareness of the sonic dimensions of the Earth.

The song produced by comet 67P/C-G throws into stark relief the importance for thinking otherwise about the significance we place on human thought, human experience and human action in articulating the hyper-objective scale and deep time of our many complex sustainability issues and for engaging responses to these issues in some way.

In disclosing the possibility of compositional sound originating outside human experience, this sonic discovery points to a whole new set of questions and understandings about how the world works and interrelates.

Photo credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO, via Wikimedia Commons.

Fellow Project Principal Investigator

Daniel Gilfillan | Associate Professor, School of International Letters and Cultures