Experience Mich. parks with sound

Daily Mining Gazette/Kali Katerberg At the "Listening to parks" exhibit visitors are surrounded by sounds and photos of the Michigan wilderness. 

HOUGHTON — In capturing the beauty of Michigan’s parks through sound, three outdoors enthusiasts have created art celebrating the experience.

Christopher Plummer, Elizabeth Meyer and Kent Cyr use a combination of photography and sound to take viewers from the bustle of downtown Houghton to the serenity of nature in one piece. Featuring a mix of sounds and locations from the parks, listeners are surrounded by birdsong, rustling trees and crashing waves. 

The team recorded the sounds themselves along with help from students. 

“It involved what you would think, you’re out (in the parks) and you hear cool sounds and you record it,” Meyers said.

She had been recording audio in the parks for years on her own kayaking trips. 

Located in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, the installation is open Dec. 2-22 and Jan. 16-26, free to the public.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the exhibit is just one part of the trio’s “Listening to the Parks” project. The other element is a musical composition by Meyers.

“I basically wrote a movement on each park… so they were all really different,” Meyers said.

The composition debuted on Dec. 9, along with photos from Steve Brimm, to strong audience reactions. 

“It was really neat how people responded to the movement that spoke to them,” Meyers said.

She said a few tears were shed over the portion entitled “Lullaby for the last wolf.”