"My work involving the natural soundscape are acts of remembering, in the sense of 'putting together again.' The process of field recording and composition involves cultivating an empathetic identification with nature, with the understanding that this is an inherited basis of our humanity."
Douglas Quin, Ph.D., is a world-renowned sound designer, naturalist, public radio commentator, music composer, who currently teaches in the Department of Television, Radio and Film at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Over the past two decades, Doug has become known as one of the true renaissance men of the soundscape world. His CDs run the gamut from naturalistic portaits of place to electroacoustic explorations based on natural sounds to jazz and choral works that are rooted in the ways of the sounding world. He's produced museum sound design for projects ranging from Disney's Animal Kingdom to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta, ME. His sound design has also been featured in Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World, Jurassic Park 3 (the dino language), and the game/world Spore.
He has traveled widely documenting the natural soundscape—from Antarctic ice to Arctic tundra and from African savannah to Amazon rainforest. Quin's recordings of endangered and disappearing habitats represent one of the most unique and extensive collections anywhere. His pioneering work has received recognition and support from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (including two coveted fellowships to join scientists in field stations in Antarctica).