So thank you to anyone who is reading this blog! The more time that I spend trawling the internet, the more I realise that I will never be able to know everything that I want to know. So, at the risk of seeming more like a twitter feed than a blog, here are a few nuggets that I discovered today:
R. Murray Schafer, Barry Truax and all of the World Soundscape Project may have developed acoustic ecology, but a man named Aldo Leopold seemingly invented it. This Wired article explains how Leopold, back in the 1930s and 40s, would take extensive handwritten notes on the soundscape of his home in Wisconsin. His ‘recordings’ have now been realised in actual sound, which you can listen to here.
This article in the Telegraph examines the possibility that many recent whale beachings off the east coast of Scotland could be a result of sonar scans conducted in preparation for the building of new wind farms. Renewable energy is so important if we are going to salvage what is left of the natural world while maintaining our own, but while we worry about our problems on land, these seismic surveys, as well as other noise from submarines and ships, could be wiping out life under water. I have just begun reading a report by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society entitled Oceans of Noise, which discusses in great detail the effects of noise on cetaceans. You can read it online.
I will borrow a quote from Aldo Leopold here: “We shall never achieve harmony with land… the important thing is not to achieve, but to strive.” I’m hoping this book edited by Alex Steffen has some ideas on the subject.