Since 1968, Dr. Bernie Krause has traveled the world 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 concept ofbiophony (a/k/a The Niche Hypothesis) based on the relationships of individual creatures to the total biological soundscape within a given habitat. Through his company, Wild Sanctuary, he has recorded over 50 natural soundscape CDs, has the largest collection of natural soundscapes in private hands, and creates interactive environmental sound sculpture commissions for museums and other public spaces throughout the world.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Krause had led bioacoustic expeditions throughout Alaska, Africa, the Amazon, Indonesia, and locations throughout western and eastern North America. He was also a key figure in implementing natural soundscapes as a resource for the National Park Service and has authored the educational manual for the NPS educational staff which resulted in his current book/CD, Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of Natural World (Wilderness Press, 2002). Krause is a contributor to a research and sound arts project related to healing sounds sponsored by Harvard Medical School.
Krause recently returned from a trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge collecting soundscapes from three different sites the material from which will be utilized for science and the arts. Supported by Harvard Institute for Music & Brain Science, Stanford, the University of Utah, LucasFilm, and Google, among others, this work will be experienced in a number of public venues. Examples of his soundscapes can be heard by visiting the Wild Sanctuary web site at:http://www.wildsanctuary.com/ and follow the prompts to 90 second MP3 examples of each of the titles from different venues.