The pandemic has compelled us to reconsider how we live, what we value, and what must change. Amidst the grief from the losses and the exhaustion from the challenges, the pandemic has also opened up spaces for pause and reflection that allow reimagining our personal and societal future.

In the background of the interruption that came with lockdowns there has been a changing soundscape. Communities around the world have noticed the changes in the sounds of their environments. David Attenbourg’s recent production, The Day Earth Changed, specifically discusses how animals as varied as whales, birds and cheetahs started communicating across larger distances after the lockdowns, and how their stress levels were reduced.

In celebration of Earth’s Day, we are featuring Simon de Glanville‘s elegant and thoughtful Intermission, a short documentary that combines the soundscapes of London during lockdown with beautiful and moving cinematography.