Calls of the Wild

Calls of the Wild, an ambient installation of sounds recorded throughout the world by Bernie Krause, was presented in the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center. It was an important event in the first Ear to the Earth festival in 2006. From Monday, October 9, through Friday, October 13, from 11am to 3pm, the space was filled with the sounds of birds and animals from around the world.

Monday, October 9

We hear the sounds of whales, wolves, eagles, cormorants, and innumerable birds in these recordings made during the short Arctic spring and summer at Glacier National Park, Alaska.


Tuesday, October 10

Here are songs of the cuckoo, shrike, flycatcher, magpie robin, and a host of other birds recorded onsite in Madagascar.


Wednesday, October 11

These field recordings, with the sounds of gibbons, leaf monkeys, forest squirrels, hornbills, barbets, babblers, and a wide variety of amphibians and insects, are from the tropical forest of Sumatra.


Thursday, October 12

Sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur, California.


Friday, October 13

The soundscape of Green Meadow Stream in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California in 1988, before logging altered the habitat of a variety of birds such as the American dipper, red-winged blackbird, chipping sparrow, yellow warbler, and many others.




Since 1968, Bernie Krause has traveled worldwide recording and archiving the sounds of creatures and environments large and small.

Working at the research sites of Jane Goodall (Gombe, Tanzania), Biruté Galdikas (Camp Leakey, Borneo), and Dian Fossey (Karisoke, Rwanda), he identified the concept of biophony based on the relationships of individual creatures to the total biological soundscape within a given habitat.

He has produced over 50 natural soundscapes.

He creates interactive, environmental sound sculptures for museums and other public spaces throughout the world.

His commissions can be heard at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institute), California Academy of Science, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Chicago Science Museum, American Museum of Natural History, and other venues.