I do feel fortunate to live where I do, but it is also a conscious choice. I have lived in rural south Estonia for close to 20 years now. So I have a deeper perspective on the dynamics of the environment here. One of the biggest shifts for me in terms of listening has been the understanding of ‘acoustic horizons’. I’m not sure where I first heard this term but it has stuck with me. In visual culture we talk about people’s preferences for ‘visual horizons’ based often on where they grew up, if you lived by the seaside, in a rural setting or in the mountains etc, it is generally about the relation between the land and the sky and whether one prefers more open or enclosed (horizontal vs vertical?) horizons. I think there is some kind of parallel for the auditory, with the ‘horizon’ about the relative distances of sounds being perceived. It is something one adapts to and get used to. I could write a lot about the ‘acoustic dynamics’ of where I live but I think you can also hear it, the intimacy of the birds nearby mixed with the farm equipment 2km away and the road about 4km. This is a wide expanse. For me it is also an important qualitative difference beyond the urban vs nature dichotomy.