Bernie Krause

Soundscape Artist; Author, Voices of the Wild

As a soundscape artist, Bernie Krause has traveled the world recording the sounds of remote landscapes, endangered habitats, and rare animal species since 1968. Through his organization, Wild Sanctuary, he has collected the soundscapes of more than 2,000 different habitat types, marine and terrestrial. With powerful illustrations and compelling stories, Krause provides a manifesto for the appreciation and protection of natural soundscapes. His work at the research sites of Jane Goodall, Biruté Galdikas, and Dian Fossey, led him to identify the concept of biophony based on the relationships of individual creatures to the total biological soundscape within a given habitat. Utilizing proprietary delivery technology, his sound sculpture commissions can be heard at the American Museum of Natural History, the Chicago Science Museum and the California Academy of Sciences.

Krause was Scientific Director (appointed by NOAA) of the operation that rescued Humphrey the humpback whale from the Sacramento Delta in 1985 using processed feeding sounds of the same species to lure him to the ocean. 

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