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Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World [With CD] Paperback – May, 2002
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My only complaints would be that he sometimes aims a bit too low -- the glossary defines "quiet" and "mic" for crying out loud -- and he automatically assumes that anybody else entering the field will want to duplicate exactly what he's done (which of course would be pretty pointless). He also apparently doesn't see the inherent contradiction between "Nature is an overused and abstract word, intertwined with a tradition that has created an 'it/us' dichotomy that separates us from the very world we try to describe" [p.2] and "In 1968 it took 15 recording hours to get one hour's worth of natural sound. Now, due to human noise and disturbed habitats, it takes about 2,000 hours to get the same result" [p.3].
Still, this is a valuable field guide for anybody starting out.
I subtract one star because Krause makes comments suggesting that the sounds of the city are not to be enjoyed. I enjoy all of the ambient sounds of natural environments, including non-native species, and industrial sounds.
While he goes to great lengths to suggest that noises such as a jet pass-over detrimentally interrupt natural environments, the point fails to support the subject of the book. The information is well taken, but disturbing; which broke the magic of the book for me. That subject deserves its own book. This one deserved a more narrow focus.
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This book taught me how to mic instruments and taught me about the joys of natures symphony of sounds that we have forgotten about at least many of us who live in a city.Published on January 1, 2013 by JRCriton
I only went 4 star because it did not contain as much recording technical tips as I had hoped for, but I don't believe this book was written for that purpose. Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by W. Ruscher
I think its important to know whats the book about: Its about nature, the sounds of nature, the spirit of field recording. Read morePublished on July 3, 2007 by Peter Linsener