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Into a Wild Sanctuary: A Life in Music and Natural Sound Paperback – September, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Heyday Books (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890771112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890771119
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While most readers will not have heard of Krause, they surely have heard his work. A pioneer of the synthesizer who worked with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and who has contributed to the soundtracks for Apocalypse Now and other major movies, Krause is also the world's most accomplished student and recorder of natural sound. He has recorded gorillas at Diane Fosse's camp in Rwanda, orangutans in Sumatra, polar bears in Alaska, and ants in the desert of the American Southwest. He is a fascinating blend of musician and naturalist, and his book teems with engaging accounts of his outdoor adventures and epiphanies he's experienced. It is also, unfortunately, filled with a lot of mundane detail about his music-biz career and with powerfully felt but tritely expressed environmentalist convictions. The book's strength lies in Krause's experience of the natural world: many writers write of how being in the wild hones their senses, and Krause is a virtuoso of hearing. The problem is that, even for the best of writers, translating sound into prose is a tall order, and Krause is not the best of writers. Yet, even if he doesn't succeed in making a reader hear what he himself hears, no one can come away from this book without admiring?and perhaps envying?his gift of aural perception and the intriguing worldview he has fashioned from it. 30 b&w photos, not seen by PW.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1998
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Bernie Krause's albums have been an important part of our lives for nearly thirty years. We are so very pleased to learn that he is as facile in communicating with the written word as he is with sounds. When we were huddled in a little tent last year, 19,000 feet up Tibet's holiest mountain, we longed for something appropriate to read, while waiting for the snows to abate. Into A Wild Sanctuary would have been perfect. Now, stop reading this and go buy the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carlberg on June 11, 2001
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Bernie's earliest recollections of being fascinated by the sounds of nature set the stage for his discovery, in middle age, of his passion for documenting and protecting the environment. To make his avocation his vocation he had to create a whole new profession, and then sell the museums and zoos of the world on the concept -- but it is a testament to his genius and determination that he did just that.
His recordings are unequalled, and they speak loudest for his passion. However the stories here, which contrast the Rwandan jungle with his previous life, will make you understand when he says, "I feel much more comfortable and safe when I'm alone in a rainforest or a desert at night than I do when walking around the streets of Manhattan, Los Angeles or Paris in broad daylight, or enduring the pitfalls of academia or the business world."
Bernie is that rare creature, a man of genius and principle. In time he will become known as the Thoreau of his generation.
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Although he started performing in the folk genre in the sixties, Dr. Krause has made marvelous discoveries in the "acoustic" world. Who would have thought it was possible to record ants talking? A very interesting book. Worth the money.
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