Part Two of The Current
The Great Animal Orchestra: Bernie Krause
When Bernie Krause was a young man, this was his dream gig. He joined the legendary folk group The Weavers in 1963. But it wasn't long before he left folk music behind for the nascent world of electronic music. By 1970, he and his collaborator, Paul Beaver, started incorporating the sounds of the natural world in songs such as Walking Green Algae Blues from the album In a Wild Sanctuary.
Bernie Krause eventually became more interested in the music of nature than his own compositions and started recording natural soundscapes, such as this one from Borneo.
Recording the sounds of nature soon became Bernie Krause's life's work. He has been one of the world's leading bioacoustic recorders for four decades, chronicling what he calls the biophony ... the great, unscored symphony of non-human life that buzzes, chirps, roars, clicks, rustles, croaks, trills and howls all around us if we're close enough -- and closely attuned enough -- to hear it.
Bernie Krause's new book is The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places. He was in Rohnert Park, California.
This segment was produced by The Current's Chris Wodskou.
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