Bernie Krause

Inspiring the next generation

(Recorded @FFA2019)
Duration: 16:14 min

Inspiring the next generation

Bernie Krause
Soundscape ecologist

Born in 1938, Bernie Krause was somewhat of a young musical prodigy, performing on a violin, cello, bass, viola, and harp, ultimately choosing guitar as his primary instrument. While an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, he did occasional studio sessions for Motown Records and also worked as a recording engineer and producer. From 1964 to 66, he studied electronic music with Pauline Oliveros and Stockhausen at Mills College in Oakland, California. While at Mills, Krause teamed with Paul Beaver. Beaver & Krause's album “In A Wild Sanctuary”, recorded in 1968 and '69, was the first to incorporate natural soundscapes as a component of the orchestration, and also to address the theme of ecology. By 1981, Krause, who found himself more interested in natural soundscapes than synthesizers, completed a doctoral degree with an internship in marine bio-acoustics. He continued his mission recording and archiving old growth bioacoustic environments from around the world, the scientific data of which has been recently transformed into large format works of art in Paris, Shanghai, Seoul, Milan, and London. The Krause natural soundscape collection consists of more than 5,000 hours of recordings - marine and terrestrial - of which, sadly, it is now estimated that over 50% comes from habitats that are altogether silent or so compromised by human intervention that the natural soundscapes are no longer viable.


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