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Sub-titled 'Animal Songs, Human Din, And the Call to Save Natural Soundscapes' a pioneer in the field of soundscape ecology explores the ways in which the voice of the natural world informs many subjects. Since 1968, Bernie Krause has travelled the world recording the sounds of remote landscapes, endangered habitats and rare animal species. Through his organisation Wild Sanctuary, he has collected the soundscapes of more than 2,000 different habitat types, marine and terrestrial. With powerful illustrations and compelling stories, he provides a manifesto for the appreciation and protection and explains the hidden secrets in the natural world's shrinking sonic environment and how it must be preserved, not only for our scientific understanding, but for our cultural heritage and humanity's physical and spiritual welfare. 'Ludwig Koch had migrated from Germany to the UK to work for the BBC in 1936. From the late 1880s, he had been recording individual birds both on the Continent and subsequently in Great Britain, later using a device more akin to a Vitaphone - a disk recorder in which the needle records and plays back the sound...' R. Murray Schafer has written an 'a cappella choral piece about wind, arguably one of the most difficult aspects of the soundscape to convey through musical art.' When we experience the natural soundscape of a given habitat, whether desert, riparian, tropical or temperate woodland, or the seashore, we are always faced with the question of its intrinsic significance. Packed with examples and anecdotes. 173pp.

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