The great animal orchestra.
London: Profile Books, 2012.
Octavo, paperback, 277 pp. black and white figures.
The world's leading expert in natural sound, Krause invites us to listen through his ears to the three types of sound as he showcases singing trees, contrasting coasts, and the roar of the modern world. He introduces and explores the three categories of natural sound. Biophony, the sound made by animals and plants, geophony, natural sound from wind, water or rain, and anthrophony, human-generated sound, which affects animals as it changes, for example causing disoriented whales to become beached. In this book Krause argues that human noise is drowning out the sounds of nature, but that our focus on the visual today is blinding us to this. This book shows why it is critical to preserve what remaining soundscapes we have, and will make you hear the world entirely differently. He has spent the last 40 years recording ecological soundscapes and has archived the sounds of over 15,000 species - half of the wild soundscapes he has on tape don't exist anymore because of human actions.