From snapping shrimp, popping viruses, and the songs of humpback whales-whose voices, if unimpeded, could circle the earth in hours-to cracking glaciers, bubbling streams, and the roar of intense storms; from melody-singing birds to the organlike drone of wind blowing over reeds, the sounds Krause has experienced and describes are like no others. And from recording jaguars at night in the Amazon rain forest to encountering mountain gorillas in Africa's Virunga Mountains, Krause offers an intense and intensely personal narrative of the planet's deep and connected natural sounds and rhythm.
“The Great Animal Orchestra speaks to us of an ancient music to which so many of us are deaf. Bernie Krause is, above all, an artist.” –Jane Goodall
“By his own count, Krause has recorded the sounds of more than 15,000 animal species and recorded more than 4,500 hours of their natural ambience….This literate, often poetic and thoroughly entertaining book reflects his passion.”—David Perlman, San Francisco Chronicle
“This passionate amalgam of science and autobiography argues that in the wild, animals vocalize with a musicianly ear.”—New York Times Book Review
“Krause has become one of the world’s most outspoken—and unusual—environmentalists….This book movingly conveys his anger at the unseen toll that human-generated noise has exacted on the natural world—and why that matters.”—Paul Mitchinson, Washington Post
“This fascinating book awakens our ancient ears to the source of all music. Read it, and you'll yearn to muffle our din—and hear anew."—Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us and the forthcoming Countdown
For more about Bernie Krause, visit www.wildsanctuary.com.
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