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The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places

Bernie Krause.
Publisher Back Bay  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780316086868
Pages/Publication Date 277/2013
Daedalus Item Code 29450
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A musical prodigy who performed with the Weavers, Bernie Krause began creating electronic soundscapes in the 1960s and became a naturalist in the 1970s, recording the richly interactive sounds of natural environments all over the world and becoming one of the world's leading experts in natural sound, publishing such resources as Notes from the Wild and Wild Soundscapes. Here Krause shares fascinating insights into how profoundly animals rely on their aural habitat to survive, and the damaging effects of the noise we humans generate on the delicate balance between predator and prey. He also explores how the myriad voices and rhythms of the natural world formed the basis from which our own musical expression emerged. From snapping shrimp, popping viruses, and the songs of humpback whales (whose voices, if unimpeded, could circle the earth in hours) to cracking glaciers, bubbling streams, and the roar of intense storms; from the melodies of birds to the organlike drone of wind blowing over reeds, the sounds Krause has experienced and describes are like wild music. The book includes a web link and QR code for a website where you can hear the sounds that Krause describes.

"The Great Animal Orchestra is about the symphony of beasts that surrounds us, a vast orchestra in the process of being silenced.... Krause wakes up your ears, gives you a desire to experience these wild soundscapes."—NYTBR

"The Great Animal Orchestra speaks to us of an ancient music to which so many of us are deaf. Bernie Krause is, above all, an artist. I have watched him recording the calls of chimpanzees, the singing of the insects and birds, and seen his deep love for the harmonies of nature. In this book he helps us to hear and appreciate the often hidden musicians in a new way. But he warns that these songs, an intrinsic part of the natural world and essential to human well being, are vanishing, one by one, snuffed out by human actions.... As Bernie urges, let us all do our part to preserve the age old sounds of nature."—Jane Goodall

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