Selected excerpts (23 pages) from The Great Animal Orchestra-enhanced with nine rare audio clips from the author's collection: recordings of wildlife on Volcano Arenal in Costa Rica and in Yellowstone National Park, the changes in biophony as glaciers melt, the stark differences in sound among rainforests, deserts, and open tundra, temperature-telling crickets, and the dawn chorus of the site of the Chernobyl disaster.
Bernie Krause is one of the world's experts in natural sound. In this sound-enhanced e-book short, we get a glimpse of his new book The Great Animal Orchestra, an intensely personal narrative of life as it hits the ears, and of the planet's deeply connected natural sounds and music. This e-short focuses on heat-related sounds.
This memoir of sonic investigation highlights the lessons learned from 40 years of listening to the world s biophonies the sounds of living organisms. 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 the origins of music, especially how the sonic structure inherent in biophany impacted human expression to take the form of music. While Krause notes competing theories on music s evolution and makes a clear case for nature s ongoing influence on contemporary composition, the origins of music are never found. Instead, Krause s musical expertise allows him to hear the orchestral layering of different species in each biophony, an insight that explains group vocalization as an evolutionary survival mechanism rather than a purposeful chorus of noise. As Krause discovered early in his career, his body of work unintentionally revealed the state of biomes that have rendered ecologically transformed through human intervention. Photos.