The music of water

Create a landscape soundtrack

We've heard of tuning pianos and guitars, but tuning a stream? Gordon Hempton, an Emmy-winning sound recordist from Port Angeles, Washington, says you can shape your garden's natural soundscape of stirring breezes, buzzing bees, and trickling fountains. Start with a water feature, tuning it by moving and adjusting stones until you reach a pleasing burble.

"Old streams tune themselves over time, becoming quieter and more melodic," Hempton says. To amplify its music, back the water feature with a masonry wall. And if outside noise invades the garden, block it with a berm.

Go to to learn more about Hempton's recordings.

DownComment IconEmail IconFacebook IconGoogle Plus IconGrid IconInstagram IconLinkedin IconList IconMenu IconMinus IconPinterest IconPlus IconRss IconSave IconSearch IconShare IconShopping Cart IconSpeech BubbleSnapchat IconTumblr IconTwitter IconWhatsapp IconYoutube Icon