Animal Music: Sound and Song in the Natural World

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By Tobias Fischer and Lara Cory

Ever since the accidental discovery of whale song in 1967, the idea of complex animal sentience has been gaining strength within the scientific community. A growing number of researchers and academics are exploring the idea that animals enjoy music on a similar level to human beings.

Animal Music is the first anthology to present an overview of the current state of this vital debate. Its authors have spoken to the leading scientists, researchers and musicians in the field to uncover hidden meanings and new perspectives. They visit the world's largest library of animal sounds, hack into the mysterious sonic world of shrimps, travel back in time to the point where animal and human songs diverged, and decode the latest neuroscientific findings about animal music and communication.

The book includes exclusive interviews with Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Yannick Dauby, Slavek Kwi and Geoff Sample as well as features on Bernie Krause, David Rothenberg and Olivier Messiaen and many more. Includes specially-compiled 60 minute CD of field recordings from the Gruenrekorder label.

01 Tikal Dawn -- Andreas Bick, Germany 02 hermetica -- Daniel Blinkhorn, Australia 03 Amazons & Parrots -- Rodolphe Alexis, France 04 Grand Canal Springs (Excerpt) -- Tom Lawrence, Ireland 05 seals -- Martin Clarke, United Kindom06 BOTO (extract) -ARTIFICIAL MEMORY TRACE, Ireland 07 Ad lie_penguins (Excerpt) -- Craig Vear, United Kindom 08 Pilot Whales (Excerpt) -- Heike Vester, Norway/Germany 09 Brame, septembre 2011 -- Marc Namblard, France 10 formica aquilonia, sweden -- Jez riley French, United Kindom 11 Schwebfliegen -- Lasse Marc Riek, Germany 12 central mongolian high mountain range habitat -- Patrick Franke, Germany 13 Otus spilocephalus -- Yannik Dauby, France 14 untitled#292 -- Francisco L pez, Spain 15 Summer Sunset 01 -- Eckhard Kuchenbecker, Germany 16 Waldkauz-Balz -- Walter Tilgner, Germany 17 WHAT BIRDS SING -- David Rothenberg, United States of America

Strange Attractor Press, 2015, softcover, 179 pages.