The Great Animal Orchestra: A sound installation of wildlife’s acoustic environment now available online

The sounds of nature and wildlife comes to you indoors and online with The Great Animal Orchestra soundscape experience.

​Inspired by the work of Bernie Krause, an American musician and bio-acoustician who has collected almost 5,000 hours of sound recordings of wild natural habitats, The Great Animal Orchestra offers an immersion into wildlife’s acoustic environment.

In 2016, Bernie Krause created the sound installation The Great Animal Orchestra, in collaboration with London-based collective United Visual Artists, that is part of the collection of the Fondation Cartier. The installation is now available online.

The Great Animal Orchestra takes viewers on a journey of sound through five habitats including Gonarezhou in Zimbabwe; Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada; Lincoln Meadow in California; Yukon Delta Refuge in Alaska; and various locations in the Pacific Rim with its marine life.

With The Great Animal Orchestra, Bernie Krause unveils the beauty, diversity, and complexity of the animal languages.

Inspired by the approach of Bernie Krause, the Foundation Cartier has launched the Dawn Chorus project inviting anyone under lockdown to record birdsongs in your neighbourhood, from your window or your doorstep with your mobile phone.

Uploaded on one digital platform, the birdsongs, collected from all over the world, will be made into a unique sound map and will contribute to scientific research and to the protection of endangered species. For more information, visit: dawn-chorus.org.

The Great Animal Orchestra

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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