Hear and There: Audio Postcards from Earth

Oct 9, 2018 | 7:30PM

Doors open @ 7:00PM; Show starts @ 7:30PM | $20 tickets | $17 members | Parking is free


Beer, wine, snacks and more!  Concessions available for purchase at the Empirical Theater Cafe until show time.


When was the last time you were able to kick back under the stars and listen to the earth breath?  To get away from the city, with its constant bustle and hum, and discover a quiet place where the only thing you have to feel is the planets gravity pulling you into its embrace?


Here is your chance to leave it all behind, put on your wolf suit and hear the wild. 


The OMSI planetarium is teaming up with Echo Collector Events and KBOO 90.7 FM to bring you “Hear and There: Audio Postcards from Earth”. This all ages and ability inclusive event features field recordings in immersive 5.1 surround sound from scientists and artists, local and abroad, from some of the world’s most remote locations. Come listen to these places just as they are while sitting under the shifting stars from that time and place in nature's memory.  If you’re here, we’ll take you there. 



The Mastermind/Organizer:

Nikki Martin of Echo Collector Events is a sound artist, storyteller, and production professional who specializes in environmental sound design and working with non-profits and independent artists. Her great passions are nature, education, and providing professionally run event spaces where less-heard voices take center stage.


The Guru/Collaborator:

 Bill McQuay of Eco Location Sound is a career veteran in field recording and sound production. He is a long-time NPR contributor, independent audio producer, and his work has received numerous national recognitions including a National Academy of Sciences Award and a Grammy.


The Producing Partners:

KBOO Community Radio is a volunteer run and led non-profit, independent radio station serving the wider Portland, Oregon community since 1968. It offers learning opportunities in radio and sound production and provides in-depth programming on everything from the local arts scene to often overlooked social justice issues.


The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry boasted the first planetarium in the Northwest. OMSI is now one of the top science centers in the nation encouraging “education transformation through the intersection of science, technology and design.”


The Contributors:

Dr. Jacob Job is a research associate and natural sounds recordist with Colorado State University and the National Park Service. 



Ben Mirin is a sound artist, field recordist and TV host. Creator of Wild Beats!, he is a fellow at the Safina Center and the Explorers Club in New York.


Dwight Porter is the Portland-based owner and founder of Varied Hush Records, a label dedicated to documenting, preserving, and presenting soundscapes of natural quiet.


Laurel Symes is a Neukom Fellow at Dartmouth College. She collaborates with other researchers to study the evolution and adaptation of decision-making.


Hannah ter Hofstede is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College. She researches extensively in the field of sensory ecology.


A Different Nature Collective—The radio show A Different Nature was started in 1980 and still airs twice a week on KBOO 90.7 FM. It is a space for exploring the depths and outer limits of our listening awareness.




OMSI’s building has accessible entrances, and the Kendall Planetarium is located on the ground floor.

Accessible Seating
OMSI reserves accessible seating space for patrons using wheelchairs and their companion(s).  You can purchase wheelchair seating by phone, in person, and online. For more information about accessibility, please contact Kathleen Meyer at 503.797.5411 or at kmeyer@omsi.edu.

Patron Drop-off Zones
Curbside drop-off zones are located along the front plaza, with easy access to the Kendall Planetarium.

Courtesy Wheelchairs
Patrons who wish to use an OMSI wheelchair may request a courtesy wheelchair from the Concierge window located next to the Main Lobby. We encourage you to notify OMSI in advance at 503.797.4511 as courtesy wheelchairs are limited.

Accessible Restrooms
OMSI has public restrooms that are wheelchair accessible. Gendered public restrooms are located in the Kendall Planetarium hallway. Companion care and non-gender-specific restrooms are located in the Turbine Hallway.

Parking is free in either of OMSI’s designated parking lots.  There are 5 wheelchair accessible parking spaces in each lot, for a total of 10 spaces.