Nature’s Voice – Soundscape, Biophony, Music and Science, Course with Bernie Krause

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Schumacher College is offering a new course on soundscape with sound researcher and musician Bernie Krause, musician Cosmo Sheldrake and ecologist Stephan Harding. It is planned to take place from Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 to Sunday, 20 November, 2016.

In this week-long course, we will also be joined by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Cosmo Sheldrake as well as Schumacher College’s resident ecologist Stephan Harding, to explore the secrets of how animals taught us to dance and sing – the subject of Bernie’s new book, The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places.

Each collective and organised articulation of animal sounds – the biophony – defines the status of that habitat as a function of its distinctive acoustic structure – the manner in which resident vocal species evolve to establish their own frequency and temporal bandwidth, just like instruments are organised in an orchestra.

These collectives of animal vocalisations help define the acoustic territory for each species so that all can exist in given acoustic territory without interfering with others. Exciting new studies have shown how those voices simultaneously inform us about a wide range of disciplines like music, medicine, natural history, religion, physics, politics, architecture, communications, and paleontology, to name a few. No alternative form of communication is as comprehensive or compelling.

Among the vast stores of information produced by biophonies that we’ve just begun to decipher, are reflections on our human connection to the natural world. They also represent exceptional opportunities to consider our remaining wild habitats in a more productive light. The collective acoustic idea that Bernie Krause first introduced to this field is the key to that understanding.

Fee is £ 875.00, including private accommodation, all freshly prepared meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.

More info at Schumacher College