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July 10, 2019

Indiana State Museum to host local premiere of ‘Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth,’ an interactive film for families

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The premiere of “Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth,” showcasing the landscape and sound ecology work of Bryan Pijanowski, a Purdue University professor of forestry and natural resources, will be featured at a red carpet event at  6 p.m. July 17 at the Indiana State Museum’s Dean and Barbara White Auditorium as part of Purdue’s 150th Giant Leaps celebration.

Tickets for the event, which is sponsored by the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association, may be purchased at or at the door.  

Film attendees can expect a meet-and-greet with scientists featured in the film and private tours of a soundscape exhibit designed by Purdue postdoctoral research associate Kristen Bellisario and Purdue graduate student Benjamin Gottesman. Jamie Bell, project director for CAISE, an informal learning organization in Washington, D.C., will make keynote remarks before the movie. The movie will begin at 7:15 p.m.

“The sounds of nature are a never-ending source of information about the status of our ecosystems,” said Pijanowski, who serves as the film’s executive producer and soundscape ecologist. “We aim to open the ears of the public to the sounds of nature and to describe our exciting adventure to use sounds to study important problems of the Earth, like biodiversity decline. The immersive experience through sound is also meant to interest youth to pursue a career in science and engineering.”

The film is a co-production of Foxfire Interactive, Masters Digital and Purdue University, and received major funding from the National Science Foundation and additional support from the Purdue Research Foundation.   

Media contact: Maureen Manier, 765-494-8399,

Source: Bryan Pijanowski, 765-496-2215,

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