I ran across a video recently that I had to share. Since this blog is about trying to get people to pay more attention to their sonic environment, I try to highlight interesting, relevant, or mood-enhancing sounds. This sound fits the bill.
Bernie Krause is a nature sound recordist, who focuses on recording and documenting soundscapes. He coined the terms biophony, anthrophony, and geophony to describe the biological, human-made, and earth-made components of soundscapes. His curiosity about the natural world and its sounds has prompted him to stick microphones in some rather unlikely places, allowing us to hear the clicks and clatters of brine shrimp, the rattle of stones on a beach as waves pass over them, and even the sound of trees:
As the followers of this blog are aware, I have done a bit of ultrasonic recording, and have presented recordings on bats (Ultrasonic predators and prey) and singing insects (Singing mice and the packrat band). Recording ultrasounds has its challenges, but I think I have those worked out, and can’t wait to get out and try to find some singing trees! With the drought we are in, it’s highly possible the sounds will be more like screams.
For more about Bernie Krause’s work, visit http://www.wildsanctuary.com or pick up the books, The Great Animal Orchestra or The Wild Soundscape (available by clicking the Amazon link on the right).
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