Human beings, at their very heart, yearn to explore. Even during a global pandemic. At least that was the reasoning behind the recent work from the Wild Rumpus, a group that produces outdoor art events, and an annual three day festival in England every summer. With the celebration cancelled, the group got together to brainstorm new ways of celebrating nature. They decided to ask their global community to submit one-minute sounds of nature — all in an effort to create the first Global Forest Sound map. “We listened to exotic forests in Hong Kong, lemurs in the forest in Madagascar, nightingales in Slovakia,” remarked Sarah Bird, one of the founders. “We realized that not only had it captured people’s imaginations, but at a time when we felt so isolated it was an amazing way to feel connected.” All these are now available to the public anytime, anywhere, with a further project expected from leading musicians to follow. (Maybe Diplo should get involved?) Beautiful and borderless.