Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World, Revised Edition

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Yale University Press, May 28, 2016 - Nature - 224 pages
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Through his organization Wild Sanctuary, Bernie Krause has traveled the globe to hear and record the sounds of diverse natural habitats. Wild Soundscapes, first published in 2002, inspires readers to follow in Krause’s footsteps. The book enchantingly shows how to find creature symphonies (or, as Krause calls them, “biophonies”); use simple microphones to hear more; and record, mix, and create new expressions with the gathered sounds. After reading this book, readers will feel compelled to investigate a wide range of habitats and animal sounds, from the conversations of birds and howling sand dunes to singing anthills.

This rewritten and updated edition explains the newest technological advances and research, encouraging readers to understand the earth’s soundscapes in ways previously unimaginable. With links to the sounds that are discussed in the text, this accessible and engaging guide to natural soundscapes will captivate amateur naturalists, field recordists, musicians, and anyone else who wants to fully appreciate the sounds of our natural world.

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Learning How to Listen
The Mystery of Sound
Stories Revealed by the Biophony
Exploring Soundscapes
New Words for Old Sounds
The Art of Hearing and Recording
Equipment in a Nutshell
Dealing with Noise
Archiving and Creating Projects
Recording Production Techniques
Bioregions and Sounds to Explore
Binaural Recording Issues by Lang Elliot
Further Resources

Editing and Troubleshooting
While Listening and Recording

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Bernie Krause is a bioacoustician, scientist, and musician. He was a musician and sound engineer during the 1960s and 1970s, and also contributed to soundtracks for films such as Rosemary s Baby and Apocalypse Now. He is the author of several books.

Roger Payne survived the dreaded Selection for the Parachute Regiment in the early 1960s, serving in 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment and as an instructor at the Parachute Regiment Depot before accepting a position in the Australian army, where he served for 22 years. He holds the Order of Australia (OAM).

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