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The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places Hardcover – March 19, 2012

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"An imaginative introduction to a new dimension of the natural world."―Kirkus Reviews

"Krause's musical expertise allows him to hear the orchestral layering of different species in each biophony, an insight that explains group vocalization as an evolutionary survival mechanism rather than a purposeful chorus of noise."―Publishers Weekly

"The Great Animal Orchestra speaks to us of an ancient music to which so many of us are deaf. Bernie Krause is, above all, an artist. I have watched him recording the calls of chimpanzees, the singing of the insects and birds, and seen his deep love for the harmonies of nature. In this book he helps us to hear and appreciate the often hidden musicians in a new way. But he warns that these songs, an intrinsic part of the natural world and essential to human well being, are vanishing, one by one, snuffed out by human actions. Read The Great Animal Orchestra, tell your friends about it. And as Bernie urges, let us all do our part to preserve the age old sounds of nature."―Jane Goodall

"Krause shows us the music of the natural world - long may his work continue!"―Pete Seeger

"Bernie Krause and his niche theory are the real thing. His originality, research, and above all basic knowledge of the sound environments in nature are impressive."―E.O. Wilson

"This fascinating book awakens our ancient ears to the source of all music. Read it, and you'll yearn to muffle our din-and hear anew."―Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us

About the Author

Dr. Bernie Krause is both a musician and a naturalist. During the 1950s and 60s, he devoted himself to music and replaced Pete Seeger as the guitarist for The Weavers. For over 40 years, Krause has traveled the world recording and archiving the soundsof creatures and environments large and small. He has recorded over 15,000 species. He lives in California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (March 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316086878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316086875
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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