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A traveling exhibition about the sounds and songs of life

Bernie Krause

Bernie Krause

Bernie Krause listening to animal sounds Photo Credit: Tim Chapman

Bernie Krause of Wild Sanctuary external link icon in Glenn Ellen, California, studies the composition and interplay of sounds in natural soundscapes. He classifies the sounds we hear into geophony (non-living sounds of the Earth produced by wind, water, etc.); biophony (the sounds of life); and anthrophony (the sounds produced by human technology).

He has recorded soundscapes from all over the world and maintains a growing archive of habitat and species-specific acoustic recordings. He has collected and published these sounds in a number of CDs. He is the author of several papers on the niche hypothesis, an argument that in order to be heard, each animal in a soundscape occupies an acoustic niche characterized by a unique combination of frequency, time and timbre.