This Sunday: The Great Animal Orchestra


It’s not very often that we get to mix science and music on this blog, so you don’t want to miss this fascinating lecture at Ohio State this Sunday, October 13! Note that this is a FREE event.

SCIENCE SUNDAYS provides a forum to interest, engage, and inform the public about a wide range of current and emerging topics and issues in science that touch our everyday lives. Speakers are experts in their fields from on campus and around the world with experience in making their topics interesting and accessible for audiences of all ages, with or without a science background.

Bernie Krause – The Great Animal Orchestra 
Oct. 13, 2013

Lecture: Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater, 3 – 4 pm
Reception: Ohio Union Cartoon Room, 4 – 5 pm

A musician and naturalist and one of the world’s leading experts in natural sound, Krause has spent his life discovering and recording nature’s rich chorus. Searching far beyond our modern world’s honking horns and buzzing machinery, he has sought out the truly wild places that remain, where natural soundscapes exist virtually unchanged from when the earliest humans first inhabited the earth. Krause shares fascinating insight into how deeply animals rely on their aural habitat to survive and the damaging effects of extraneous noise on the delicate balance between predator and prey. But natural soundscapes aren’t vital only to the animal kingdom, Krause explores how the myriad voices and rhythms of the natural world formed a basis from which our own musical expression emerged.

From snapping shrimp, popping viruses, and the songs of humpback whales-whose voices, if unimpeded, could circle the earth in hoursto 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.

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Posted October 11, 2013
Topics: Natural History

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