The Sound Installation

What does the earthworm say to the springtail when they meet beneath the carrot field? Can you hear grass growing? What is the difference in sound from a vegetable field with organic soil and one with conventional ones? Visit the sound installation «Sounding Soil» and answer the questions yourself:


When and where?

30th of march – 15th of august at Pro Natura Centre Champ-Pittet

Opening hours:

tuesday – sunday from 10 am – 5.30 pm

Pro Natura Zentrum Champ-Pittet
Ch. de la Cariçaie 1
1400 Cheseaux-Noréaz


16th of august – 31st of october 2021 at the Nature Reserve Silberweide next to the Greifensee

Opening hours: wednesday, friday – sunday and public holidays from 10 am  – 6 pm.

Naturstation Silberweide
Seestrasse 37
8617 Mönchaltorf



Would you like to exhibit the installation or do you know a great location? Contact us!

The walk-in installation, housed in a shipping container with a 3D Surround Loudspeaker System, makes you feel as though are in the soil and walking between the roots and animals. Visitors can touch the various screens to hear a range of soil recordings.

The sound installation, developed by the artist and researcher Marcus Maeder, makes it possible to experience two basic things. First, you can listen to the incredibly diverse life in the ground. Second, the differences between soils can be clearly heard: a healthy soil with high biodiversity has more sound variety. The installation gives a sensory experience the soil and builds awareness of the human impact on soil organisms.

Information on the soil ecosystem and ground noise


Portable listening stations


When and where?

26th of june – 15th of august our listening stations are exhibited at the „Oberen Mühle Oltingen“.

Opening hours: daily from 10 am – 6 pm

Obere Mühle Oltingen
Schafmattstrasse 71
4494 Oltingen


Would you like to exhibit the listening stations or do you know a great location? Contact us!

As an alternative or addition to the sound installation, mobile listening stations are available for a variety of settings. They are great to have at eco-markets, court festivals, specialist conferences or open days.


From October 29th until November 25th 2018 “Sounding Soil“ was presented to the public in the Paul Klee Centre in Bern for the first time. From December 2018 to mid-March 2019 was the installation at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK.