"The Audubon of Audio"


–The Washington Post

Photo: © Dale Stokes

Douglas Quin is a music composer, sound artist and designer, wildlife recordist, public radio commentator and educator. For the past 30 years he has traveled widely documenting the natural soundscape—from Antarctic ice to Arctic tundra and from African savannah to Amazon rainforest.


His soundscape compositions, music and installations have been featured at numerous festivals and venues including Merkin Hall, The Kitchen, Roulette, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Spoleto Festival USA, National Art Gallery of Albania, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, and Venice International Performance Art Week. He is the recipient of numerous commissions, awards and grants including the Ars Acustica International prize, Meet the Composer, multiple fellowships in music composition from the National Endowment for the Arts and  the National Science Foundation.


Quin’s extensive polar work over two decades includes a commission from West German Radio in Köln for a live satellite sound art project from Antarctica and Polar Suite, for the award-winning Kronos Quartet featuring soundscapes and interactive electronics. Other polar oriented work includes a fellowship at the National Film and Sound Archive Australia and the Liquid Architecture Sound Art Festival and Tour in Australia where he presented a series of multi-channel Antarctic soundscapes.


Among other projects, Quin created the sound design for and mixed Werner Herzog's Academy Award® nominated documentary film about Antarctica, Encounters at the End of the World and worked variously on Jurassic Park III, the game Spore, as well as documentaries for television and radio. He has also designed and consulted on exhibits for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, American Museum of Natural History and the Polish Academy of Sciences, among others.


He is Professor Emeritus at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and former adjunct faculty in the School of Creative Arts and Media at the University of Tasmania.



Photo: © Fenia Kotsopoulou

"Douglas Quin is a great genius of sound."

–Werner Herzog


Soundscapes is an iOS app to reconnect with nature by exploring a collection of hundreds of immersive and high-quality soundscapes produced by passionate and renowned artists from around the world.  Featuring new works by Douglas Quin. Available on iTunes.

Collinarea Sound Festival 2022

XXIV Edition - 14-31 July

Casciana Terme Lari (PI) / Santa Luce (PI)


Sound is life, noise kills.

Performing Ice is a significant and timely opportunity for leading performance and polar studies scholars to consider the implications of performance in, around, under and through icescapes. "Figures in a Landscape" is a book chapter on performance art and dance in Antarctica by Douglas Quin. (2020)

Notecards is a collection of works created as part of a decade-long conversation in music and soundscape between Doug Quin and Ed Ruchalski. Available on Bandcamp. The 28-page digital booklet for the album may be downloaded from here.

"Fathom" Corona-proof arts masterpieces. Episode 7.


NRC Handelsblad, Amsterdam


STRATA. The fifth performance-based film project by the duo VestAndPage. Filmed on location in caves across the Swabian Jura in southern Germany. The project brings together artists and researchers from the humanities, social and geologic sciences to investigate the human body as a place that exists in continuity with the geological. Body artists illuminate concepts of deep time, past and modern cultures through performances for the camera in caves rich in human prehistory. In post-production. Release date, February, 2024.


Douglas Quin: Sound Design & Audio Arts


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The Mountain Path (2021). A spirited young man journeys into the mountains of China in search of a Buddhist hermit master. Along the trail he meets an unexpected cast of dedicated recluses; the gaunt ascetic, the persevering nun, a wise old

master and his disciples, all who, despite living far from the world, teach him all about how to live within it.


Douglas Quin: Sound Design & Original Music


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ABC Radio

Older from

National Public Radio

Assorted on



Antarctica: The Millennium

Ulva Island


Radio New Zealand


The following recordings are available for download from iTunes.


Forests: A Book of Hours


Des Racines au Cosmos

(Roots to the Cosmos)

with Suzie Gagnon

Before the War

with David Rothenberg

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