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Listen to Animals, They Have Emotions

Angela Holtzen

Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes -- the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae -- for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature's symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.

Bernie Krause's legendary soundscapes uncover nature’s rich sonic

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Interesting how Bernie Krause thinks that visuals are limiting. I believe that- I think listening lets us create our own interpretations of the world. My dad will only listen to sports games, for example, because he gets a better idea of the game that way. He creates the reality based on what he's hearing.

    I'm trying to think of the last time I listened to the world without seeing it. I should try that sometimes. Have you heard of blind dinners? They serve food with blindfolds. You experience more of your other senses associated with the pleasure of eating because they're heightened when your sight is limited.

    • Angela Holtzen

      I have not heard of blind dinners, that is so cool. Sometimes I meditate in nature. It really makes you hear everything. Our eyes tend to be a dominating sense so when we are using them other senses tend to be more subdued. At least that is my perspective. Thanks for sharing I'll have to see if I can find one of those blind dinners.