Imagine a canoe trip in the Pacific Northwest. It’s not hard, but most of us will want to bring some kind of image to mind — reflective water, wind-shaped evergreen trees, giant ferns, probably some rain. Few of us will immediately think about the sounds of a wilderness paddling expedition.

This short video from Brett Andersen challenges our tendency to privilege our eyes over our ears, capturing the noises — from the sizzling of breakfast to the crackling of a fire — that all seasoned outdoors people know. What the film reveals (or should I say sounds out) is just how deeply the music of wilderness is embedded in our psyches, and how effective these sounds are in transporting us to the water for a few minutes. Enjoy.

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