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

Bernie Krause
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'A fascinating book of natural history, worthy to be read in the silence your own library' --David Bellamy

'He takes us close to the roots of the music and reminds us to stop and listen. Remarkable' --Norman Lebrecht

'This expansive tale of living amidst wild and beautiful sounds has been well worth waiting for' --David Rothenberg, ECM recording artist, and author of 'Thousand Mile Song' and 'Survival of the Beautiful'

'Truly absorbing account ... This book should and will be an inspiration to us all. I loved it.' --Terry Nutkins

'Beautifully written and intriguing ... the symphony of the world moves from background to centre stage' --David Eagleman, author of Sum and Incognito

'What we really want is something worth listening to. Nobody knows how to find it better than Bernie Krause'
A wonderful advertisement for the effects of natural sound ... Krause writes like the field naturalist he is, attentively and with a light tread ... the optimism of his spirit is infectious: this is one of those books you are grateful to have read -- Marek Kohn Independent

'Alluring ... a fun and informative read that is likely to change the way that any reader listens to soundscapes, both urban and rural'-- Sunday Times

'Weird and wonderful ... This is an extraordinary and important book. I challenge anyone to read it and not hear for themselves sounds they have never heard or rather never noticed before. I walk out now onto a refreshed, renewed moor: I accept sadly that it does not have the depth and complexity that it had even half a century ago, but I can hear it better and walk more softly myself after reading The Great Animal Orchestra'-- Sara Maitland, Spectator'A passionate advocate ... Krause writes with a rush of enthusiasm for the subject'-- BBC Wildlife

'A fascinating plea for humanity to turn the volume down and just listen' Herald

'In his fascinating book, Krause urges us to open our ears ... his tone is full of wonder' Daily Mail

'At the heart of this idiosyncratic volume is Krause s niche hypothesis ... Krause comes across as a likelable oddball, extolling the virtues of homemade clip-on cats ears and the authentic kind of ant music ... the book s coda is a passionate plea to halt human noise pollution' Sunday Telegraph

'All this magnificent, if arcane, knowledge has now been brought together by Krause in a masterly tour of the soundscape. Entitled The Great Animal Orchestra, it makes a convincing case for the soundscape's overlooked value, partly for itself, and partly as an indication of the health of the natural world, and for one overwhelming reason for us as humans: in nature's collective voice, he says, can be located the origins of human music, and perhaps even human language' --Michael McCarthy, Independent

'The way Krause describes what he hears will make you want to put on a pair of headphones and sit in the forest for a day' Conservation Magazine

'This is far more than a book of charming factoids ... it s a profound meditation on why the earth makes its sounds and how everything birdsong, waves hitting beaches, the grunts of animals, the patter of rainfall in a tropical forest is part of a constantly evolving and interconnected process ... Krause combines learned theorising with tales of his own adventures and the result is a spirited and constantly surprising book' Geographical Magazine

'A beautifully written and surprising book, packed with colourful stories' --Guardian

Présentation de l'éditeur

Bernie Krause is the world's leading expert in natural sound. Beginning by recording the sound of wheat growing in a Kansas field, he has spent the last 40 years recording ecological soundscapes and the sounds of over 15,000 species. Due to human actions, half of the wild soundscapes he has on tape no longer exist.


Krause divides natural sound into three categories. Biophony is the sound made by animals and plants, like the shrimp whose underwater clicks are equivalent to a Boeing 727 taking off. Geophony is natural sound - made by wind, water and rain - which led different tribes to have different musical scales. And anthrophony is human-generated sound, which as it has rapidly increased has affected animals - for instance, causing disoriented whales to become beached. In The Great Animal Orchestra Krause invites us to listen through his ears to all three as he showcases singing trees, contrasting coasts, and the roar of the modern world.


Just as streetlights engulf the stars, human noise is drowning out the sounds of nature, and our focus on the visual today blinds us to this. The Great Animal Orchestra shows why it is vital we preserve our remaining natural soundscapes - and will make you hear the world entirely differently.


Loved by experts from E. O. Wilson to Norman Lebrecht, this unique book - now out in paperback, combines music and cultural history with science to appeal to everyone from David Attenborough fans to music lovers.


Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1619 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 288 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1781250006
  • Editeur : Profile Books (1 avril 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1847658539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847658531
  • ASIN: B007P2DHAQ
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Composition améliorée: Non activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°207.621 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a excellent book on a subject little known about 25 juin 2015
Par NDB
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I discover a presentation of the author on TED. I was clearly struck by the subject. The book goes much further into the subject. It stays within me. I recommand it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A pioneering and creative fusion of music and science 13 mars 2012
Par t.wrecks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
In addition to playing with the Weavers, Bernie and his partner Paul Beaver introduced the synthesizer to rock, and they worked with the biggest names in music in the 1960s and 1970s. Bernie's previous book, In A Wild Sanctuary, explored how animals partition their environments to get their calls across without interfering with each other. This selective use of the soundscape, which must be seen as a vital part of ecology and evolution, is now called biophony (life-sound), and along with geophony (earth-sound, like water and wind), makes us more sensitive to what's going on around us. He has recorded thousands of animals, plants, and environments around the world, including many environments that have now disappeared. His work has been pioneering in giving us a whole different qualitative and quantitative approach to what we are losing ... and sounds often record what visual evidence alone cannot.

Here, Bernie asks whether the sounds and rhythms of human music could have been adopted wholesale from the animals in our environments -- in short, whether animals taught us to sing and dance. The rhythms and songs of these animals will astound you, and give you a different perspective on the inspiration for our music.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A life-changing book 30 mars 2012
Par John Joss - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
All too rarely a book comes along that changes one's life and worldview by opening up new vistas of knowledge, thought and feeling. This is such a book.
Bernie Krause built upon a musical education and grounding to create a new dimension of sound. After building a career in the music business--itself a rare achievement--he turned to the sounds of nature. He deals with sound as his mentor, considering sounds from the land and ocean, evaluating the organized sound of life itself, covering what he calls `biophony' as a proto-orchestra, revealing the interior of the magnificent reality represented by the sounds of life that surround us every waking moment.
The book has many dimensions: it is a scientific treatise of exceptional scholarly quality and clarity; it is a book of global scope, since the author has worked worldwide, on land, at sea and undersea in pursuing the soundscapes of animal life; the book studies and documents the influence of human activity on ecosystems that predate humanity by hundreds of thousands of years, explaining the destructive aspects of human-derived sound, which he calls `noise'; and it is a richly anecdotal book of profound human insights, since it enables the reader to appreciate, in ways that were hitherto unavailable, the influence of sound in essentially every aspect of our lives, in places rich with mystery that most of us will never visit. Krause believes, and who are we to argue with him, that human communication over the millennia may be based on the natural sounds that preceded speech and singing--after all, animals, birds and marine life were here long before Man.
If one had to level a criticism at the work, it would be the missed opportunity of not including a CD of natural sounds, or at least offering one to readers, but this does not happen. There is precedent: Nick Mason, of Pink Floyd, is a committed automobile enthusiast who included a C D of some of his great collector cars in his book.
That minor criticism aside, Animal Orchestra is beautifully written, in lucid prose that pleases the mind. It is not a casual or easy read, because it is a voyage of discovery, replete with arcane detail that calls for close, attentive scrutiny and thought, but the time spent will be well rewarded. A spiritual tone pervades the work, compelling one to believe that knowing the author would be a profoundly uplifting experience. His clarion call for greater respect for nature resounds from every page.
This book is a great achievement. One will never hear or listen to the world the same way, ever again.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Kindle does not support audio content for this book 29 juillet 2012
Par Judy F. Aust - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle avec audio/vidéo
Despite Amazon's claim that the Kindle edition has audio content, this is not correct. Apparently, the "Kindle" edition permits the reader to access the recorded sounds embedded in the book through iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch only. The text itself is absolutely wonderful -- so wonderful that one really, really wants to hear the sounds the author so beautifully describes. Amazon should do whatever it takes to make this available to Kindle readers. Krause has been on NPR and in the NY Times discussing his recordings of nature sounds and Amazon owes it to loyal customers to make available to us what it makes available to readers who use other devices.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Soundscape is Worth a Thousand Pictures By:Mike Cumberland 19 mars 2012
Par Cumberland Alphorn Michael C R Cumberland - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
The Great Animal Orchestra By: Bernie Kraus
Reviewed by: Mike Cumberland

This book will change the way you listen. Krause awakens the spirit of the reader from the ennui of the everyday to the acoustic susurrations that surround us each day. As he notes, as a species, we now tend to block out our surrounding sounds with our own digital technology, but we also do this as a limbic brain protective / survival mechanism.

Krause skillfully relates the progression of his early personal experiences to his journey of amassing a collection of soundscapes worthy for generations to come. This book brings his salient technical journal and professional writings into a consummate assemblage of easily understood ideas. His explanation and use of terms such as: spectrograms, geophonies, biophonies, and anthrophonies are easy to grasp through diagrams and his easy writing style.

I was happily pleased that Mr. Krause made the reader aware of "The Sixth Extinction" concept through soundscape recordings -- but as much pleased that the point was not belaboured upon as Farley Mowat's Sea of Slaughter; which is down-right depressing.

One particular éclat phrase is particularly poignant, "... while a picture is worth a thousand words, a natural soundscape is worth a thousand pictures." (Krause, p. 71) This particular phrase alludes to the multi-dimensionality of life that Krause has captured in his extensive research studies. He not only clearly explains the three-dimensionality of vision, but on goes to concisely explain the fourth dimensionality of the inclusion of space and time through his spectrographs.

To a curious reader one can extrapolate that Krause is verging on translating the fourth-dimensionality of time and space: to quantum mechanics, general relativity, and string theory -- that explains all fundamental forces of nature.

This is a book that can be enjoyed as an introduction to soundscapes for the neophyte explorer, as well as the technically well acquainted in this burgeoning field. As a person who has worked with R. Murray Schafer for over thirty years learning about this field I can say it evokes more questions to be answered for future generations than it answers questions. This is as a great book should be -- it demands a response from the reader to act.

Lastly, I think of The Great Animal Orchestra's relevance for today. I need look no further than while I was in my early twenties when I was tree-planting massive clear-cuts in British Columbia. For four years I was in the areas of Terrace, Smithers, Hazleton, and Kitimat -- I reverently pause -- thinking of the existing fight to save this pristine land of paramount cultural / ecological significance and the current debacle with the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project which will destroy this area. It is time for us to wake up from our soporific stupor of uncaring, greed-based, urban-life, and hear the thousands of voices. If you listen -- they are there.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Passport to the World of Sound 29 mars 2012
Par Ruth Happel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I had the good fortune to join Bernie Krause in field recording expeditions all over the planet in the 1980's and 1990's. These trips were always both exhausting and exhilarating, as we captured endangered sounds from before dawn well into the night. We traveled together not only in the U.S., but also to Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. The sounds we gathered are sadly from places now largely swallowed by development, a record of lost worlds. We both hope the recordings we have archived will help to preserve these vanishing voices.

When I met Bernie I had been studying animal behavior and ecology for years, but my interest in animal vocalizations was largely scientific. With his musical background, he opened my ears to a whole new world of sound. I have always been struck by his ability to bring together disparate threads, and this book develops a richly beautiful portrait of life's orchestra. From ideas we first discussed in the jungles of Borneo, he has developed complex theories of communication. He reveals how animals form their own symphonies, the percussive beat of insects blending with the melodies of birds. Each animal has its own sonic space, but like an orchestra they join together to form a haunting sonata unique to each place on earth.

It has been a pleasure to work with Bernie. From gathering sounds in the field, to the creative process of putting recordings together for environmental albums and exhibits, I have learned from him how to really focus my listening. I am delighted he has written this book to share his insights on nature's harmonies. The music we enjoy today owes a debt to thousands of wild songs. These connections can only be translated for us by a man who is both a musician and scientist, steeped in decades of really listening to everything from the singing of a sand dune to the moans of a mourning beaver. Enjoy this book as a passport to tune your ear and really hear the world in an entirely new way."
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