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

Bernie Krause
Sound lecture
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Episode Summary

Krause, a musician and naturalist and one of the world’s leading experts in natural sound, explores how the myriad voices and rhythms of the natural world—from snapping shrimp to cracking glaciers—formed a basis from which our own musical expression emerged.  His book is an impassioned plea for the conservation of one of our most overlooked natural resources—the music of the wild.

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Participant(s) Bio

Dr. Bernie Krause is both a musician and a naturalist. During the 1950s and ’60s, he devoted himself to music and replaced Pete Seeger as the guitarist for the Weavers. For more than forty years, Krause has traveled the world, recording and archiving the sounds of creatures and environments large and small. He has recorded more than fifteen thousand species and four thousand hours of wild soundscapes, over half of which no longer exist in nature, due to encroaching noise and human activity.

Photo credit: Tim Chapman