Great Animal Orchestra by Bernard L. Krause

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Bernie Krause is the world's leading expert in natural sound. He has spent the last 40 years recording ecological soundscapes and has archived the sounds of over 15,000 species - half of the wild soundscapes he has on tape don't exist anymore because of human actions. Krause divides natural sound into three categories. Biophony is the sound made by animals and plants, like the shrimp that makes noises underwater equivalent to 165 decibels; geophony is natural sound, like wind, water and rain, which led different tribes to have different musical scales; and anthrophony is human-generated sound, which affects animals as it changes, for example causing disoriented whales to become beached. In The Great Animal Orchestra he invites us to listen through his ears to all three as he showcases singing trees, contrasting coasts, and the roar of the modern world. Just as streetlights engulf the stars, Krause argues that human noise is drowning out the sounds of nature, but that our focus on the visual today is blinding us to this. The Great Animal Orchestra shows why it is critical to preserve what remaining soundscapes we have, and will make you hear the world entirely differently.

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Dr Bernie Krause is a musician and naturalist. He has traveled the world recording the sounds of creatures and environments large and small, enabling thousands of people to hear the sounds of the remotest parts of the world. He provided sound background for Rosemary's Baby and Apocalypse Now and has worked with, among others, Sir George Martin, George Harrison, and, on the cult film Performance, Mick Jagger. He lives in California.
Published March 19, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 284 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, History. Non-fiction

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He also recorded In a Wild Sanctuary, “the earliest musical piece to use long segments of wild sound as components of orchestration, and also the first to feature ecology as its theme.” Krause learned to use stereo headphones, microphones and a portable recording system to record natural scenes, ...

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Bernie Krause’s book guides us through nature’s sonic treasures and begs us to pay attention to their fate.

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Steven Poole on The Great Animal Orchestra by Bernie Krause, Cloud Time by Rob Coley & Dean Lockwood and Plague: A Very Short Introduction by Paul Slack

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Musician and naturalist Krause (Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World) uses the language of music to understand everything from birdsong, to ocean waves, to decimated habitats, relying perhaps too heavily on the experiences of Native peoples to answer his questions about th...

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New York Journal of Books

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When the group broke up in the late 1960s, Krause began experimenting with sound, first with electronic sounds (think Moogs or theremins), then with nature.

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The Telegraph

And yet sound recordist Bernie Krause – a man acquainted with the sonic spike a virus makes when it lets go a surface – seems to have suffered no ill effects.

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Bookmarks Magazine

And from recording jaguars at night in the Amazon rain forest to encountering mountain gorillas in Africa's Virunga Mountains, Krause offers an intense and intensely personal narrative of the planet's deep and connected natural sounds and rhythm.

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The Ecologist

But, as Laurie Tuffrey finds, his quest to record the elusive sound of the wild finds practical application in conservation After working as a session guitarist in 60s New York and Boston, Bernie Krause became something of a pioneer ...

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