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Sounds from The Great Animal Orchestra (Enhanced)


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Selected excerpts (26 pages) from The Great Animal Orchestra-enhanced with rare audio clips from the author's collection: recordings of wind in the southwestern desert, musical birdsong, and an a capella choral piece that brilliantly captures one of nature's most elusive sounds.

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 wild sounds in the air.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 23, 2012 – 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.

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Only 26 pages, with only a few recordings. Great recordings but too much of a teaser for other books that are not free

Sounds from The Great Animal Orchestra (Enhanced)
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Nature
  • Published: Mar 19, 2012
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 26 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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