Environments is a series created by producer and sound recordist Irv Teibel (1938–2010) for Syntonic Research Inc. between 1969 and 1979. The series consists of recordings of natural sounds such as a seashore with crashing waves or a thunderstorm with falling rain, without musical accompaniment.
Mr. Teibel's work helped to ignite a worldwide interest in field recordings—which resulted in many imitations being released throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, both with and without music.
The sound collage presented here is the result of the compilation of Environments 1-11 (of the LP iteration of the series) into a curated progression of simultaneous events. These “impossible spaces” are designed to create a dissonance of orientation, staging a strange cacophony from what originally were intended to be methods of relaxation.