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Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound
 
 
Author
David Rothenberg.
Publisher Basic Books  
Format paperback & CD
Product Dimensions 9 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780465018895
Pages/Publication Date 287pp, 60'00/2008
Daedalus Item Code 32998
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(A Booklist Top Ten Science and Technology Book for 2008) Before the 1960s, no one suspected the existence of whale song. Its discovery forced us to confront the possibility of alien intelligence—not in outer space but right here on earth. Philosopher and musician David Rothenberg, also the author of Why Birds Sing, observed and talked with leading researchers from around the globe as they attempted to decipher undersea music. In this book he not only tells their story, he also attempts his own musical communication, playing his clarinet with whales in their native habitats. Examples of his music are presented on the enclosed audio CD.

"'Maybe music is part of nature itself'—a hypothesis philosopher and musician Rothenberg has put to the test in his quest to create interspecies music.... A warmly inquisitive writer who makes technical information as entertaining as tales about nude whale watchers, Rothenberg tells remarkably dramatic and funny stories of his musical encounters with whales in Chicago, British Columbia, Hawaii, and Karelia, Russia (a breathtaking CD accompanies the book). He also revisits a neglected chapter of the environmental movement: the electrifying impact of the first recordings of the haunting songs of humpback whales released in 1970. Rothenberg meticulously analyzes the 'long, epic rhymes' of the humpbacks, 'sperm whale click trains,' and the 'cacophonous free jazz of belugas and the kinship whistles of orcas,' explaining how whale songs change, travel great distances, and embody emotion. Rothenberg's unique study is particularly sharp in its analysis of the mysticism whales evoke and the findings and blind spots of scientific inquiries. As he rekindles whale awe, Rothenberg calls for a revitalized commitment to protecting these 'great singers of the sea'."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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