It is hard to find the words that best explain 'natural silence' - an expression I use to describe the soundscapes I record and that so often provokes confusion. In truth I am referring to silence, not as the outright literal absence of sound but as a profound natural condition wherein the sweet harmonies and rhythms of nature's song play free from the ignorant discord of mankind's self interest. Indeed, perhaps only those who have experienced the esoteric beauty of such natural silence can truly appreciate the primal gratification it provokes. John Cage, with is avant-garde work 4'33'', highlights the relativity of our perception of silence and demonstrates that, when our expectations are shifted from the complex to the seemingly mundane, we can find satisfaction in subtlety. Acoustic ecologist and nature recordist Gordon Hempton, who has devoted his life to defending natural silence, encapsulates the charm of natural silence by writing that "silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything."