Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world

Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae — for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature’s symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.

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  1. I dunno when I hear soundscapes like this I am reminded of werner herzog and his thoughts on nature and the jungle…..not as nice a thing to think about how many of those sounds are actual murder happening.

  2. We tend to be so visual as a species but sound is a much more profound experience so yes we need more of this way of communicating about the real world (as opposed to man-made) of which we are all part .

  3. Our ancestors already knew this, why everything is alive. The Creator speaks through in everything. Ty for sharing the story of the Amish (beaver)- Why we say all my relations. Miig wetch

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  5. The guy puts a natural ‘hip’ in hop. Might as well call him Bernie KRS-1 … representing Beaver Down Productions! ‘BDP, peace and unity!’

    Catching the thunder since the 1970s – quite literally a Grandmaster Flash. He was writing (Kool-as-G) ‘wrap’ instrumentals in 1988
    and his Jungle Shoes preceded the genre of UK jungle music by at least 3 years

  6. I've only just today discovered that your work even exists. But I can already see the enormous value of this. I think what you are doing is not only wonderful – but vital, for our understanding of human impact upon the environment. Please. Keep up the good work.

  7. I cried for the first time today after my father died in 2003. The sentence: "Fully 50% of my archive comes from habitats so radically altered that they are either altogether silent or could no longer be heard in any of their original form" moved me to tears!

  8. When I was a kid, a family of deer walked in front of the car in our neighborhood so we stopped. The deer walked by except for one baby. A sports car speeded through 30 miles over the speed limit and flipped the baby in the air! It landed and broke all 4 of it's knees. It tried to run on it's knees but it couldn't. We called the police who "took care of it"-whatever that means… During the impact, the mother deer made a sound ten times more sad than that beaver… That was the only time in my life I heard a deer make a noise… and it was a scream…

  9. Хроническая тугоухость – это диагноз.. впрочем, как и хронический эгоизм.. Chronic deafness is a diagnosis .. however, like chronic egoism ..