World Environment Day - Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level

Islands of the Future

The music for “Islands of the Future” was created by a group called Gentlemen Without Weapons (GWW). No conventional musical instruments were used except the haunting sound of a Balinese gamelan. Natural sounds you will hear which make up the music include the Bengal tiger (a mating call), badger, chimpanzee, owl hoot, teeth percussion, rubber bands, squash balls, hammer and nail and crickets which have all been computerized, shaped and arranged into the musical backdrop.

The environmental music sounds of nature  initiative by GWW was originally used on a track called “Spirit of the Forest” which was adopted, as part of an album project called “Transmissions”, by UNEP to support UN environmental conferences.

“Spirit of the Forest”, which campaigned against rainforest destruction was supported with vocals by Ringo Starr, Bonnie Rait, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd , Lennie Kravitz, Belinda Carlisle and many others. The track was played through a telecast at a WED Conference at the Lincoln Centre in New York to over a billion people worldwide.

Island of the Future: Narration by Actress Fairuza Balk; composed by Kenny Young, Nick Glennie-Smith and Vic Coppersmith-Heaven.