EarthEar was formed in 1999 to create a catalog of releases that offers a diverse introduction to environmental sound art. Our first four titles were warning enough that EarthEar was not "nature sounds as usual": a double-disc immersive journey into primarily natural soundscapes; a CD-length composed piece, centered on layered field recordings with several sections of extremely varied musical responses to the natural voices; a book of short essays on listening and sound-making; and a collaborative project recorded around the world on a single day, featuring nearby nature and urban/suburban sounds. Finally, in our third year, EarthEar released not one, but two more traditional "nature sound" discs, both focusing on rainforests; still, these were unique as well, one being the long-awaited "purely nature" followup to one of the largest-selling nature/anthropological titles ever (Ryko's Voices of the Rainforest), and the other a fund-raising effort to support a small but important Conservation International primate preserve in Brazil.
For the rest of our first decade, EarthEar continued on this eclectic path. While the styles and content of our discs have been far from predictable, the underlying commitment to world-class recording technique and highly individual creative interpretions has created a consistently reliable level of quality and profound listening experiences.
In order to better serve those of you with more particular tastes or desires, we've created several themed EarthEar Collections, available only via direct sales from EarthEar. We are pleased to make these collections available at reduced prices of $10 or less per disc. Orders are filled weekly, with payment via PayPal, where you can either use your existing PayPal account, or submit a credit card payment without joining PayPal. If you click on a buy button below a collection, the item will be added to a PayPal shopping cart, and from there you can come back to this page. To navigate to the cart from here, click this button:
UPDATE, February 2016:
EarthEar Collections are no longer available for purchase.
I've moved to Maine to help care for my aging parents, and no longer have ready access to the EarthEar "warehouse"—i.e., my mudroom in New Mexico!
You may order individual CDs or your own choice of multiple CDs at CDBaby:
This link will take you to all the Steve Feld releases on CDBaby (Bells, Suikinkutsu, Rainforest Soundwalks, and other non-soundscape releases)
This link will take you to the rest of the EarthEar releases on CDBaby
And, clicking the cover of any CD below will take you to that CD's full description page here on the EE site, complete with sound samples. After perusing that title, hit your "back" button to return here.
EarthEar Complete> 18 CDs, $160
Soundscape Composition Sampler> 7 CDs, $70
Includes a variety of approaches to composing with field recordings: "pure" nature, urban subjects, thematic soundscape topics (eg, bells and society), and musical responses and interactions with the natural world.
Ears Wide Open Collection> 7 CDs, $70
Features some of the more elaborate and/or challenging composition approaches and listening experiences
Relatively Relaxing Collection> 4 CDs, $40
More uniform listening experiences than most of our releases
Nature in All its Glory Collection> 7 CDs, $70
Primarily natural sounds, with minimal musical elements; includes both straightforward and more complex/challenging compositional approaches
EarthEar Everything Except Bells Collection> 14 CDs, $120
EarthEar/VoxLox Time of Bells Collection> 4 CDs, 45