In this interview Eoin Drinan talks with Dr Bernie Krause author of”The Great Animal Orchestra:Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places”.
As one of the world’s leading experts in natural sound,Dr Krause tells us about his early musical career in US Folk band “The Weavers” with Pete Seeger, to his beginnings in natural recording leading to his exploration of the world’s wildest places for most of his life.
Bernie introduces us to Anthrophony:(sound generated by humans),Geophony:(Earth sounds) and Biophony:(sound generated by non-human, non-domestic biological).
Bernie highlights the layers of sounds that surround us from invisible viruses to humpback whales to cracking glaciers, to packs of wolfs on a midnight tundra.
Having recording everywhere from the Amazon rain forest to Africa’s Virunga Mountains,we learn that Bernie has yet to record here in Ireland.
Bernie stresses that “The Great Animal Orchestra” is not only the story of one man’s pursuit of natural music,conservation and education but a warning for future generations of sounds that we may lose forever.
Dr Bernie Krause is an author, musician and naturalist. He has traveled the world recording the sounds of creatures and environments in some of the remotest parts of the world.
Having provided sound background for the Films “Rosemary’s Baby,Apocalypse Now and Cult film Performance,as well as having worked with Sir George Martin,George Harrison ,Mick Jagger and as recent with Icelandic musician Björk.
More information on Bernie Krause work is available here.
Presented & Produced by Eoin Drinan.
(Broadcast – 6th September 2013).