R. Murray Schafer The Soundscape//1977
[…] Noise pollution results when we do not listen carefully. Noises are the sounds we have learned to ignore. Noise pollution today is being resisted by noise abatement. This is a negative approach. We must seek a way to make environmental acoustics a positive study programme. Which sounds do we want to preserve, encourage, multiply? When we know this, the boring or destructive sounds will be conspicuous enough and we will know why we must eliminate them. Only a total appreciation of the acoustic environment can give us the resources for improving the orchestration of the world soundscape. […]
R. Murray Schafer, extract from The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World (New York: Alfred Knopf, Inc., 1977); revised edition (Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books, 1993) 3–4; 7–8.