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About this product Product Information Bernie Krause is one of the world's experts in natural sound, and here we listen through Krause's ears as he collects the sounds of purring jaguars, snapping shrimp, cracking glaciers--and the roar of the wild. It is an intensely personal narrative of life as it hits the ears, and of the planet's deeply connected natural sounds and music.
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Krause also shows that just as streetlights drown out the stars, human noise is vanishing the sounds of nature--and the very soundscapes that help us understand how wild sound and music connect. A travelogue of sound based on a lifetime of study, this account will leave you hearing--and seeing--nature as never before. Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Read it, and you'll yearn to muffle our din-and hear anew. His originality, research, and above all basic knowledge of the sound environments in nature are impressive.
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. Read The Great Animal Orchestra, tell your friends about it. And as Bernie urges, let us all do our part to preserve the age old sounds of nature.
Show More Show Less. From , he worked as a recording engineer and producer in Ann Arbor while an undergraduate student. Krause joined The Weavers in , occupying the tenor position originated by co-founder Pete Seeger  until they disbanded in early West Coast. The team played Moog synthesizer on the Monkees ' song " Star Collector " , one of the first pop group recordings to feature synthesizer. It was the first West Coast recording to utilize Dolby A without meters noise reduction as an inherent part of their production.
According to Krause, without his knowledge, permission, or compensation, Harrison made a recording of the demonstration and issued an unauthorized version as "No Time Or Space" on his Electronic Sound album the following year.
Since , Krause has concentrated on the recording and archiving of wild natural soundscapes from around the world. These recordings — works of art and science commissioned primarily by museums, aquaria, and zoos for their dioramas and sound installations worldwide — have been mixed into ambient tracks for numerous feature films, and downloadable field recording albums from the world's rare habitats. In Krause and a colleague, Diana Reiss , helped lure Humphrey the Whale , a migrating female humpback that had wandered into Sacramento River Delta and apparently got lost, back to the Pacific Ocean.
As scientific co-directors of the operation, they used recordings of humpbacks feeding, recorded by two graduate students from the University of Hawaii , recordings that Krause modified to eliminate extraneous noise and add different characteristics to the audio tracks so that the whale would not habituate to the one audio short example that was provided by the students' graduate professor.
Krause's CD album, Gorillas in the Mix Rykodisc , is composed entirely from sampled animal sounds, played from sampling keyboards. A principal founder of the field of soundscape ecology , a sub-category of ecoacoustics , Krause introduced a number of terms and concepts into the discipline to further define the sources of sound within the soundscape. They include geophony , the first sounds heard on earth consisting of non-biological natural sounds such as the effect of wind in trees or grasses, waves at the ocean or lakeshore, or movement of the earth.
The second acoustic source is called biophony , the collective signature produced at one time by all sound-producing organisms in a given habitat. The third, and last of these elements is referred to as anthropophony , or human-generated acoustic signatures. In the final category, some sources represent controlled sound, such as music, theatre, or language.
While a large percentage consists of incoherent or chaotic sound, referred to as noise.
Krause was invited to present a TED Global talk at the Edinburgh conference  and the keynote talk at the first conference of the International Society of Ecoacoustics ISE , a worldwide organization, meeting in Paris in June, The work integrates natural soundscapes into the orchestral textures of a major symphonic piece. On July 1, , the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris opened the first major natural soundscape exhibit in a contemporary art museum.
Based on "The Great Animal Orchestra," the sound sculpture serves as a retrospective of Krause's work and includes many examples of his collection along with supporting graphic and visual media. The exhibit ran until 7 January  and opened as part of a larger Fondation Cartier collection at the Seoul S. Korea Museum of Art in May, Krause and his wife, Katherine, live in Glen Ellen , California.