Bernie Krause

President, CEO & Founder, Wild Sanctuary, Inc.

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Natural soundscape archive repository

We are actively looking for an academic home for my natural sound archive, one that will support (1) an academic chair specifically dedicated to the field of Soundscape Ecology, (2) a named Center for Soundscape Studies, and (3) the Global Soundscape Project, one that embraces and connects a citizen-science community to that of the more formal realm of scientific enquiry.

The archive description is available upon request.

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    Jul 20 2013: Thanks for the note, Peter. That's the way we all begin this process...a combo of luck and curiosity. Mine occurred back in 1968, after my late music partner, Paul Beaver, and I had just introduced the synthesizer to pop music and film. We needed to collect natural sound for our first Warner Bros. album, "In a Wild Sanctuary," the first on the theme of ecology and also the first to incorporate natural soundscapes directly into textures of the orchestration. That meant that I had to go "out in nature" and gather material. I did the window routine. Then, actually ventured out into the woods (Muir, just N. of San Francisco, in this case) for the first time. It was October and most birds had fledged or migrated by that time. But there was still enough natural soundscape to include in the album. The moment I switched on the recorder and heard the stereo sound field open up in my headphones, my life changed. I've been outside recording ever since.
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    Jul 20 2013: 40 years ago I put my microphones out the window of the third story of the music building at university and began recording soundscapes. That lead me to a lifetime of listening and recording. While my career has been immersed in music education and performance this is still at the core of my understanding of nature and our sonic environment. Bernie's work is so important! The digital tools available now will greatly enhance the library of our global resources.
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    Jul 19 2013: Dear professor,

    Thanks for your interesting talk at TEDglobal 2013, I watched you live on that day. What a great presentation of an interesting subject.

    I'm nobody but a science student from Thailand. I believe that your specific area will have an impact on forestry and ecology study as well as on making conservation plan. May be there are some evergreen forests in Thailand that would interested you. I believe that professional in these area are very keen to collaborate with you. I once spoke to my friends at my university, Chulalongkorn University (Faculty of Science, Department of Biology), that some had been studied about birds' call in the wild. Your tools may come in handy and in the same time, you may get interesting data. I don't know if this is still on-going project. But surely there will be some other interesting studies.

    Please check it out. Let me know if I can be further helpful.

    All the very best professor.
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      Jul 19 2013: Thank you, kindly, for your note, Kelwalin. Let us know what we can do to help with the forestry project, if it is still operational. I'm sure we can offer some observations that might be worthwhile.

      All the best,
      Bernie Krause, PhD
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        Jul 21 2013: Dear Dr. Bernie,

        Thanks for your reply! I've quick online messages from my lecturers back home in Thailand. They seem to love your project. I think it may take a while for them to discuss about it. I'll keep you post. But in the case they want to be in touch with you, what would be convenient for you? may be email? Please leave your contact detail here or via TED message.

        I'll be overjoy if all of you can do some great project together. Keep in touch Dr. Good luck.

        All the best,
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          Aug 14 2013: Hello, Keiwalin:
          You and/or your colleagues can reach Dr. Krause and I directly at: Thank you for your kind remarks.
          All Best,
          Kat Krause
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    Jul 23 2013: We'll find one, Jim. I'm optimistic that there's a place for us and all these magical site recordings. But I do like your idea.
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    Jul 22 2013: Thanks, Lejan. The British Library of Wildlife Sounds (if this is the reference) is a wonderful repository. And they certainly know about this collection.
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      Jul 22 2013: Show an expert in his field, what he doesn't know already ... :o)

      And yes, the reference was the 'British Library Sounds' as well as the Canadian based 'World Soundscape Project'. Yet reading between lines, both do not seem to match what you are looking for?

      Anyway, I wish you good luck in finding it and like to thank you for preserving the symphony of our world!
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    Jul 22 2013: Stumbled across this one:

    It might not be as specific as you asked for, but it seems to be open to public (partly) and academia at the same time, which, as for 'cross-pollination' effects, may be advantageous ...


    Or this one?
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    Jul 22 2013: Thank you, Jim. That's a great idea. But for many reasons, not all of them immediately intuitive, we'd prefer to see the archive housed at an institution that more actively supports newer interdisciplinary approaches to Soundscape Ecology and whose operational models have historically concentrated on a wider scope of field recording.
  • Jul 22 2013: Great talk, but wish it was longer. I am interested in sound recording but not well equipped to do it. Your talk has renewed my interest in trying it again. As for a place for your archive I believe that Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology would be an excellent choice. The lab is heavily involved in citizen science. I am not sure who to contact, but the web site is here, and I'm sure you could decide the best contact from there.
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    Jul 21 2013: You can reach me through, Kelwalin. Let us know what we can do to help.