The Giant Art That Keeps Planes Quiet

  • Published on Oct 21, 2019
  • Next to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the Buitenschot Land Art Park, a giant set of ridges and furrows cut into the landscape. Yes, it's art: but it also stops some local residents from being exposed to jet noise.
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  25 days ago +3381

    I got really lucky with the weather and really unlucky with the direction the planes were going.

    • ArthursHD
      ArthursHD 19 days ago

      Why not grow berries or something else low laying to further reduce the noise?

    • Samuel Sleath
      Samuel Sleath 20 days ago

      It would be great if you could make a video about Reykjavik's geothermal heated pavements

    • Ilhan Babacan
      Ilhan Babacan 20 days ago

      You were over here for the couple of days it wasn't bloody raining

    • David Dennis
      David Dennis 21 day ago

      My hearing is reduced in my right ear by ~90dB at 200Hz. This makes perception of anything in 3D space almost impossible. The unexpected result is I can no longer isolate a conversation out of ambient noise. I’ve lost this ability to cancel out noise sources. It is most frustrating.

    • Mad ManXBL
      Mad ManXBL 22 days ago +1

      Some say this is the highest point in the Netherlands

  • Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan Day ago

    I'm baffled

  • xyz39808comments

    People suffering from Audio Processing Disorder:
    Am I a joke to you?

  • Tim O'Brien
    Tim O'Brien Day ago

    In a thousand years, after the destruction and rebuilding of civilization, archaeologists will argue about the construction, and religious and ceremonial use, of these ridges and furrows.

  • dandymcgee
    dandymcgee Day ago

    I live across the road from a extremely busy train station. I can relate. When the train goes by I have to pause whatever I'm watching because I literally can't hear or thinking about anything while that damn horn is blowing.

  • NOMADdaf
    NOMADdaf 3 days ago

    I see how it works, but I fail to see the art in it.

  • Brandon N
    Brandon N 3 days ago

    My brain does not filter out background noise so well and it sucks

  • D0wnshift
    D0wnshift 3 days ago

    As a kid, we moved into a nice house under the approach lane of an airport. It was annoying for maybe a month, multiple airplanes an hour overhead. But after a while we never noticed it anymore.

  • Chris G
    Chris G 3 days ago

    This video is now pure evil with 666k views 😇

  • Al Guien
    Al Guien 4 days ago

    I wanted to see a decibel meter!

  • damienmarktaylor
    damienmarktaylor 4 days ago

    I walk my dog here twice a day, it actually serves as a dog park, great to see it included in your videos, its quite unique, i love the place.

  • Random Citizen
    Random Citizen 4 days ago

    Yay! 2 million subs!!! Congrats, Tom, you're awesome!

  • B4KU
    B4KU 6 days ago

    Damn, i live there and up to day i didn't know why the land shaped so weirdly. Thanks!

  • ghostpeyton
    ghostpeyton 8 days ago

    Tom can you recreate the 2 drums and a cymbal fall off of a cliff with all of your good quality

  • bigmike1ak
    bigmike1ak 8 days ago

    Wouldn’t it work better with some trees or bushes planted on the top of some of those rows?

  • Elvis Bisanovic
    Elvis Bisanovic 9 days ago

    Congratulations on 2 Million subs, Tom!

  • zJoriz
    zJoriz 9 days ago

    Didn't know that either. You keep finding interesting stuff about my own country I never heard of. Bravo

  • falconseye97
    falconseye97 10 days ago

    God damn, I love these videos.

  • Stephen Hugh Cook
    Stephen Hugh Cook 10 days ago

    "You know what's great? Hearing. It's like all these waves enter your head an' you know what it is and where it came from. MENTAL!

  • grimm auld
    grimm auld 10 days ago +1

    Congrats for your very recent 2mil

  • Joshua Sweetvale
    Joshua Sweetvale 10 days ago +1

    I used to live just a few miles from here. The sound of jets is home to me.

  • Venus Kogane
    Venus Kogane 11 days ago

    Yes yes...

    Science words...

  • Clio Stronk
    Clio Stronk 11 days ago

    I remember this! I grew up in that area, but we lived in a so-called green zone with far less noise (hardly any to be honest). The area in question, Vrijschot-Noord in the town Hoofddorp, is a very posh neighbourhood with some of the most expensive houses in the region. Which explains why it became a priority to fix it. Those people had money, power and patience (and were angry and sleep deprived). I am not so sure if they had searched this hard for a solution if it had been the worker bees of Schiphol who were jet-engined out of their beds instead of the higher management. Fun times

  • Dr. Pancakes
    Dr. Pancakes 12 days ago +1

    I read the title as "The giant art that keeps the planet quiet" and I was like wait so is this landscaping job really important

  • Luke Hernandez
    Luke Hernandez 12 days ago

    Congrats on 2 mil!

  • D4nny
    D4nny 12 days ago

    Rather than being the same wavelength, wouldn't they be an odd number of half wavelengths, or in other terms, (2n+1)/2 lambda? Because this way, destructive interference would occur. This is what I was taught anyway.

  • Josh Denis
    Josh Denis 12 days ago

    I would love to see you have james may on for game garage. To the power of suggestion! Cheers.

  • Miquel
    Miquel 12 days ago

    1:10 ehm i dont get that with wavelenghts?

    few centimeters that is frequency of few GHz and 10 or 20meters ?? Thats 28MHz or 14MHz .

    wavelenghts of audio are much longer than this ( few kilometers actually )

  • Dog Residue
    Dog Residue 13 days ago

    i have auditory processing disorder, that filtering job is very, VERY hard for my brain to do. it amazes me that other people can pull it off so effortlessly

  • Dutch viewer NL
    Dutch viewer NL 13 days ago

    Please go to the Marker Wadden

  • Hankorama
    Hankorama 13 days ago

    Is this like crop circles, except 'way different?

  • ACE Place
    ACE Place 14 days ago

    :22 LOOK OUT FOR THE TRENCH..... oh

  • Floris
    Floris 14 days ago

    The Dutch again? 😁

  • diddy_dante
    diddy_dante 14 days ago

    I live in Amsterdam and I immediately recognized the landscape but I surprisingly never saw this place

  • Should_A_ Sed_Dis
    Should_A_ Sed_Dis 14 days ago

    I thought you where going to walk right into the water at :24 hahhaa too bad. It would of been very Monty python-esque

  • Pieter Visser
    Pieter Visser 15 days ago

    Planting trees on those ridges would improve the dampening further.

  • TheKingOfArkel
    TheKingOfArkel 15 days ago

    1:35 kanker polderbaan

  • Sten Dijk
    Sten Dijk 15 days ago


  • Johnny
    Johnny 16 days ago


  • John Thallas
    John Thallas 16 days ago

    Hey why don't they use that type of technology to slow down or stop tornadoes

  • JbsPekka
    JbsPekka 17 days ago +1

    Would 20 million trees fit there?

  • OWNAGE 956
    OWNAGE 956 17 days ago

    Your content is great! Keep it up!

  • d u c k
    d u c k 17 days ago

    You went to my homeland? why didnt i hear about this sooner.

  • NorthernDruid
    NorthernDruid 17 days ago

    One analogy for how incredible the range of hearing is compared to vision I heard from a friend of mine, is that we only see light in one octave.

  • ledgeri
    ledgeri 17 days ago

    Just an idea: If it is shown, or/and allowed, a google maps link would not hurt in this series..

  • BuildingCenter
    BuildingCenter 17 days ago

    This is one of the most surprising and interesting episodes, AND it's blissfully brief. This is a banger.

    Edit for UK readers: This is not a sausage.

  • Kavukamari
    Kavukamari 18 days ago

    ive learned i can even do it at 2x speed or more in some cases

  • pacator17
    pacator17 18 days ago

    I live in the Netherlands (the north, so not near Amsterdam or Schiphol). I didn't now this, so thanks for teaching me :)

  • dieselwelds
    dieselwelds 19 days ago

    Why couldn't you whisper this video so I could filter your voice better?

  • Justice Warrior
    Justice Warrior 19 days ago +1

    So much work when the runway is so far away!!
    People there are just bitching about a little bit of noise!

  • Dani
    Dani 19 days ago

    You need to join Team Trees!🎄🌲🎋🌴🌳🎄

  • Roger Onslow
    Roger Onslow 19 days ago

    Damping not dampening!

  • Kalicharan H C K
    Kalicharan H C K 19 days ago

    Please make a fundraising video on planting 20M trees.

  • Dallas Herrmann
    Dallas Herrmann 19 days ago

    Can confirm the brain will filter out the sound of a freight train passing every 20 minutes. Live near a busy rail line.

  • GTRGTX999
    GTRGTX999 19 days ago +1

    They look just like sound diffraction or diffusion panels used in studios. That’s where the inspiration came from probably.

  • Deleted
    Deleted 19 days ago

    No patreon?

  • Pure Competizione
    Pure Competizione 19 days ago

    I think there’s something similar around Auckland airport actually

  • TheMoneypresident
    TheMoneypresident 19 days ago

    Plant bushes there. Bet it gets better.

  • Bicentennial Nagger
    Bicentennial Nagger 19 days ago

    I lived on Air Force bases in Europe until I was a teenager.
    When we moved back to the States, I couldn't sleep well (or even get comfortable) for quite some time because there were *no sonic booms* which were *frequent at most AFBs in Europe,* especially at night.
    Weird, hunh?

  • Fedsted
    Fedsted 19 days ago

    ‘Acoustic grass’