Side A of Environments 3 features the sounds of the 1969 Easter “Be-In” in Sheep Meadow, Central Park. Teibel labelled it a “psychoacoustic experience.” “Be-In” is an early example of what today is often called political sound art. Listen carefully for legendary New York musician David Peel chanting “legalize marijuana.” Aside from the abstract vocalizations of Environments 7’s “Intonation” is the only recording in the series that includes human voices.
Side B of Environments 3, “Dusk at New Hope, PA,” was recorded late in the afternoon in August, 1970. Teibel claimed to have worked on this recording for almost a year. He visited New Hope years later and said a condo had been built nearby, and that the soundscape he captured and preserved had all but vanished. From the liner notes: “Imagine a warm summer night deep in the verdant backwoods of Eastern Pennsylvania. An infinity of sound stretching out before you. The steady, yet constantly changing drone of countless tiny insects, reminding you of the serenity and timelessness of nature.”