Unraveling the mysteries of Soundscapes

Bernie Krause
Wild Sanctuary

(October 14, 2013 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM)

Unraveling the mysteries of Soundscapes

Abstract

Soundscape Ecology and the concept of biophonies and geophonies in particular, form the basis of an emerging field that is only about dozen years old. While it is being defined to some extent in cultural, acoustic, and biological terms, translating these phenomena to numbers has been elusive and challenging. While my field of expertise is neither mathematics nor statistics — it is limited primarily to field recording, archiving and preliminary analysis of natural soundscapes — this discussion will provide some historical background and then focus on the ways in which biophonies and geophonies, in particular, might be framed through the lens of various statistical models and lay the groundwork for new ones.