Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World, Revised Edition

Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World, Revised Edition


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Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World, Revised Edition by Bernie Krause

A founder of soundscape ecology offers a pioneering field guide for listening to and recording the sounds of the wild

Through his organization Wild Sanctuary, Bernie Krause has traveled the globe to hear and record the sounds of diverse natural habitats. Wild Soundscapes, first published in 2002, inspires readers to follow in Krause’s footsteps. The book enchantingly shows how to find creature symphonies (or, as Krause calls them, “biophonies”); use simple microphones to hear more; and record, mix, and create new expressions with the gathered sounds. After reading this book, readers will feel compelled to investigate a wide range of habitats and animal sounds, from the conversations of birds and howling sand dunes to singing anthills.
This rewritten and updated edition explains the newest technological advances and research, encouraging readers to understand the earth’s soundscapes in ways previously unimaginable. With links to the sounds that are discussed in the text, this accessible and engaging guide to natural soundscapes will captivate amateur naturalists, field recordists, musicians, and anyone else who wants to fully appreciate the sounds of our natural world. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300218190
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bernie Krause is a soundscape ecologist, musician, and author. He and the British composer Richard Blackford collaborated on The Great Animal Orchestra: Symphony for Orchestra and Wild Soundscapes, and composed the score for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet ensemble's Biophony. He lives in Glen Ellen, CA.

Table of Contents

Foreword Roger Payne ix

Introduction: Learning How to Listen 1

1 The Mystery of Sound 11

2 Stories Revealed by the Biophony 24

3 Exploring Soundscapes 39

4 The Language of Soundscapes: New Words for Old Sounds 55

5 The Art of Hearing and Recording 69

6 Equipment in a Nutshell 84

7 Dealing with Noise 96

8 Editing and Troubleshooting 102

9 While Listening and Recording 112

10 Archiving and Creating Projects 124

11 Recording Production Techniques 140

12 Bioregions and Sounds to Explore 149

Afterword 184

Appendix: Binaural Recording Issues Lang Elliot 185

Further Resources 189

Glossary 193

Notes 201

Bibliography 207

Acknowledgments 209

Index 211

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