Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Great Animal Orchestra by Bernie Krause, one of the world's leading experts in natural sound. The book provides insight into how deeply animals rely on their aural habitat to survive and the damaging effects of extraneous noise on the fine balance between predator and prey. He also explores how voices and rhythms of the natural world have formed a basis from which human musical expression emerged.
Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy:
Why lov'st thou that which thou receiv'st not gladly,
Or else receiv'st with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tunèd sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering;
Resembling sire and child and happy mother,
Who, all in one, one pleasing note do sing:
Whose speechless song, being many, seeming
Sings this to thee, “Thou single wilt prove
- William Shakespeare