Posted by: Dr. Breffni Lennon | June 16, 2012

Exploring natural soundscapes: The Great Animal Orchestra by Bernie Krause. Laurie Tuffrey review in the Ecologist

Laurie Tuffrey reviews Bernie Krause’s latest book “The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places” for The Ecologist magazine. Recording since 1968, Krause has amassed a vast repository of ‘wild sounds’ and this book is an expression of his life’s work on natural soundscapes, a field of study that deserves far greater attention than as heretofore been the case.

As the book’s description rightly states: “Krause shares fascinating insight into how deeply animals rely on their aural habitat to survive and the damaging effects of extraneous noise on the delicate balance between predator and prey. But natural soundscapes aren’t vital only to the animal kingdom; Krause explores how the myriad voices and rhythms of the natural world formed a basis from which our own musical expression emerged.”

Laurie Tuffrey’s review can be accessed here.

The book is available from here and from The Book Depository here.


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