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Hoe luidt het land?

Director: Stella van Voorst van Beest
Documentary about the Dutch soundscape: an acoustic landscape that grows ever noisier and that seems to have driven out silence. What does the Netherlands really sound like?

What does the Netherlands really sound like? Filmmaker Van Voorst van Beest traversed Holland to make a portrait of the country by taking its soundscapes as the starting point. She filmed in silent areas and discovered the landscape is growing ever noisier. You can find sound walls everywhere nowadays, but there are not many places where you can’t hear the traffic. Plane spotters along runways take pleasure in watching the planes take off or land, but in some places the air traffic makes life unbearable. The sound of windmills can thoroughly spoil people’s enjoyment of the Dutch scenery. And many Dutch shopping malls are drenched in muzak. The film introduces a variety of sound experts, but also follows a sound artist who makes you listen differently to the sounds of the country.


Executive producer
Set geluid
Sound editing
Sound Design
Production company
Volya Films
TV company
Boeddhistische Omroep Stichting
Title: Hoe luidt het land?
Year: 2012
Duration : 1 hour, 12 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2012

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