- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - Composer, musician and writer Ben Cosgrove has been chosen as the artist in residence for the White Mountain National Forest this year.

Cosgrove, who is based in Massachusetts and has studied in Vermont and Maine, has produced four full-length albums of original compositions inspired by geography. He has also composed scores for short films, documentaries, radio segments and theatrical productions.

Cosgrove will spend the month of September in the forest. He will be staying at Mead Base in Center Sandwich, and will hike and camp throughout the forest.

As a Middlebury College Fellow in Environmental Journalism, Cosgrove traveled to national parks around the country, researching the conservation of natural silence - and the relationship between sound and sense of place - by talking to scientists, composers and park rangers.

He has been a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, and an Artist in Residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon, the Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, and Acadia National Park in Maine.

Cosgrove has talked with students at high schools and universities about the relationships between music, sound and place, and has published nonfiction pieces about places and landscape in North America.

“Our hope is that the Artist-in-Residence program will help people understand the connections between public lands, how we use natural resources, and our emotional ties to beauty, nature and self-expression,” said Tom Wagner, forest supervisor.

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