Sounds wild & broken…

Read Sounds Wild & Broken. A lyrical exploration of the diverse sounds of our planet. Discover the creative processes that produced these marvels & the perils that sonic diversity now faces. We live on a planet alive with song, music & speech. David Haskell explores how these wonders came to be. In the rain-forests shimmering with insect sounds, swamps pulsing with frog calls, we learn about evolution’s creative powers. From birds in the Rocky Mountains, we know how animals learn their songs & adapt to new environments. Below the waves, we hear our kinship to beings as different as snapping shrimps & singing whales.

Starting with the origins of animal songs, Haskell illuminates & celebrates the emergence of the varied sounds of our world. The mammoth ivory flutes from Paleolithic caves to the violins in modern concert halls. Yet, we’re now silencing many of the natural sounds of our living Earth. Haskell takes us to threatened forests, noise-filled oceans & loud city streets to highlight the challenge. Sound is a generative force. The erasure of sonic diversity makes the world less creative, just & beautiful. Sounds Wild & Broken is an incredible invitation to listen, wonder, belong, create & act. Impressive.


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