Our world is full of sound!

Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth takes viewers on an ear-opening journey into the science of sound and the emerging field of soundscape ecology.

Embark on a mission to investigate the dramatic soundscapes of Costa Rica’s rainforests, Hawaii’s coral reefs, and Mongolia’s vast grasslands.

Explore basic acoustics in an educator-led participatory theater experience with incredible slow-motion footage of pulsating musical instruments, vibrating vocal cords, and more. Discover what soundscapes tell us about our planet.

With Global Soundscapes’ unique format—combining giant screen imagery, surround sound, and live presentation—viewers will hear the Earth in a whole new way!

Major support provided by the NSF. Additional support from the Purdue University Foundation. Formative and summative evaluation by Barbara Flagg. Underwater science advisory by Marc Lammers, University of Hawaii. Collaborators: National Audubon Society, Perkins School for the Blind, Connecticut Science Center, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, Fleet Science Center, Friendly Giant Marketing, BOSE Corporation, Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.

Length: 20:00 and 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2016
  • Date Released:

    Fall 2016

  • Alternate Titles: formerly titled Just Listen
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 20-30, 31-50
  • Formats: IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser, Fulldome
  • Distributor:

    Foxfire Interactive

  • Produced By:

    Foxfire Interactive, Purdue University,

  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Brad Lisle (Producer), Bryan Pijanowski (Exec. Producer/Soundscape Ecologist)¬∏ Tim Archer (Co-Producer)
  • Director:  Brad Lisle; Live segment direction by Sean White.
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Brad Lisle, Dante Centuori, Rachel Shurick, Robert Wilkos
  • Cinematography: Marcus Lehmann, Michael Lienau, Rob Massey, Jason Sturgis, Sean White
  • Sound Editor: 

    Tim Archer, Masters Digital

  • Visual Effects: Craig Foster
  • Music/Score:  Theme music by Bjorn Lynne, Throat singing by Khusugtun
  • Editor: Steve Osciak
  • Narrator: Voice Bunny, Bryan Pijanowski, Eden Zang, Batbyamba Khanahuu, Byamba Altankhuyag
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors:


  • Documentary
  • Ecology
  • Interactive
  • Nature
  • Physics





Film Facts

  • Features the new field of soundscape ecology
  • Live presenter interacts with the audience
  • Aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Pre/post viewing activities from Purdue University