Albums & Collections
Martyn Stewart has always listened closely to the world around him. Each soundscape shows how beautiful our planet actually is and opens the door to another world that we hardly ever see.
"We’re a visual culture and have, until very recently, studied the wild natural primarily through what we see,” says Bernie Krause, a soundscape ecologist and friend of Stewart’s, “but a much fuller understanding can be learned from what we hear.”
To build his vast, personal library of sounds, Stewart has trekked to more than 40 countries over 55 years.
We are proud to have partnered with Platoon to create a series of collections and albums that celebrate our natural world and the ART OF LISTENING: aiming to highlighting the beauty, diversity, fragility and healing powers of our planet through the medium of sound.
The listening planet collection
We are proud to have released over 50 albums of pure nature soundscapes - taking you from the Okavanga Delta to the Daintree National Forest, from Belize to Borneo to the Sierra Nevadas to the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. From his first recording of a Eurasian blackbird as a boy, Martyn's motivation has been singular: to use sound as a megaphone for vulnerable places and animals. By releasing a free collection of his most prized recordings to the public, he is optimistic those listening will feel closer to foreign species and environments, and feel motivated to act. “I hope they have the connection between sound and the animal emitting the sound.” “I think we have to become the voice of the voiceless. If we can get these beautiful sound recordings out and let people in the world listen to them, maybe we can start protecting what we've got left.”
rosey chan x the listening planet
Rosey is a multimedia artist based in London. Her creative output combines a wide range of practices, from music and design to dance, fashion and architecture. Rosey’s solo concerts incorporate cinematic visuals and cutting edge audio technologies. Her music is an amalgamation of her own compositions, musical improvisations and selected classical repertoire along with electronic and genre-bending sonic influences. Whilst listening to Rosey play the piano one is immediately taken to a state of peace. Rosey has a desire to bring peace of mind to this hectic world through her music With a travelling schedule that has covered the globe, it was inevitable that Rosey felt a need to give back to the planet through her music and her projects. Martyn Stewart from thelisteningplanet.com who has been on a lifelong mission to record the sounds of our planet invited Rosey to compose music that reflects the sounds of the past with hope for the future of our planet "My life is a mix of places and people all adding immense value to my life and in some small way I hope those that work with me are better for the experience too” “I’ve spent a lot of time listening to the planet, to the sounds from the past and the present, the animals, the oceans, the birds, the mountains and the plants and I feel compelled to play what I feel in my soul to help heal the planet”
In celebration of World Mental Health Day on October 10 2021, The Listening Planet partnered with Mädchen Amick's direct impact non-profit Mental Health Foundation ‘dontMiNDme’ to bring a blend of unique nature sounds from around the world in combination with mindful meditation journeys. Our narrators for our five albums include Mädchen Amick and her close friends; Kyle MacLachlan, Maggie Wheeler, Nathalie Boltt, Mädchen Amick said, “When mental illness hit our family a decade ago we dedicated ourselves to seeking out and sharing with others the most holistic ways to care for our mental wellbeing. I invite you to immerse yourself in the beauty of our precious planet while caring for your mental health.” All proceeds will be distributed between Amick’s dontMiNDme Foundation and Stewart’s The Listening Planet Foundation. All episodes will be available in Dolby Atmos, providing industry leading, multidimensional sound quality. The dontMiNDme Foundation was created in 2021 by Mädchen Amick and her family out of a fervent determination to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness and unite all existing and future efforts, in order to have a DIRECT IMPACT on the lives of those most urgently in need of care.