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Dr. Bernie Krause

Dr. Bernie Krause has traveled the world since 1968 recording and archiving the sounds of creatures and environments large and small. Working at the research sites of Jane Goodall (Gombe, Tanzania), Biruté Galdikas (Camp Leakey, Borneo), and Dian Fossey (Karisoke, Rwanda), he identified the concepts of the Acoustic Niche Hypothesis, and biophony--the collective and organized acoustic output as each species establishes unique frequency and/or temporal bandwidth within a given habitat. Krause is also a founder of the new ecological discipline, soundscape ecology. In the world of fine art, Krause has produced over 50 natural soundscape CDs and designed interactive, non-repetitive environmental sound sculptures for museums and other public spaces worldwide. Dr. Krause speaks about the voice of the natural world in his TED Talk.

Krause, who holds a PhD in Creative Arts with an internship in Bioacoustics, was a key figure in implementing natural soundscapes as a resource for the U. S. National Park Service. His recent book, The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places, was published by Little Brown (Hachette) March, 2012, and has been translated into eight languages. In July, 2014, the Cheltenham Music Festival premiered a new symphony composed by Richard Blackford and Krause featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The Great Animal Orchestra: A Symphony for Orchestra and Wild Soundscapes, is based on Krause’s book and is the first live performance piece to incorporate natural soundscapes as a component of the orchestration. (CD available on Nimbus Records.) In the spring of 2015, Biophony, a music score composed entirely of natural sounds, was commissioned, choreographed and premiered by the Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, an internationally-renowned corps based in San Francisco. In 2015, his current book, Voices of the Wild, was published by Yale University Press, followed in 2016 by Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World, (also Yale University Press).

Krause lives with his wife and partner, Katherine, in Sonoma, California.

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