Sunday, December 22, 2013

Selfridge's Offers a Haven of Silence for Shoppers in New No Noise Campaign

We quietly, but enthusiastically, applaud  Selfridge's & Co./ London for their creative new in-store campaign that puts quietude at the forefront of conscious consumerism.  For a limited time, shoppers can find some quiet solace in their new 'Silent Room', a wonderful, calming space designed to allow shoppers to '…celebrate the power of quiet' as part of their store-wide 'No Noise' theme.

 While designed only for temporary iteration, we hope that it's just the start of similar, more permanent efforts there, or in other retail facilities and public spaces around the world.  Long innovators in unique merchandising, it seems that Selridge's is still, thankfully, willing to explore unique ways in which business efforts can also attempt cultural leadership, this one to help raise awareness about the distinctions between sound, noise, and quiet.

Now for a campaign that embraces the natural wild as worthy of protection, reverence, and wonder.  Let's connect!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Earth Tones

Earth Tones Natural Soundscapes have great applications to science and the arts.  As a 'lens' with which to explore and enhance connection to the natural world, soundscape invites multi-disciplinary exploration.  Recent sound-led creative collaborations at Sonoma State University between students and faculty of several departments has yielded a range of performances for public outreach, celebrating the link between nature, music, and dance.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Select Bernie Krause Soundscape Recordings now available from 'Society of Sound', curated by Peter Gabriel.

A pioneer in the distribution of digital music downloads, world-renown singer, musician, songwriter, and humanitarian Peter Gabriel curates a collection of high-quality recordings available through the subscription music service 'Society of Sound'  at Bowers & Wilkins.   Subscribers can download select albums from Gabriel's Real World Studios, the London Symphony Orchestra, or other titles within the catalog in Apple Lossless and studio-quality FLAC formats. For audiophiles looking for high quality natural soundscape recordings, the collection now offers several custom pieces from Bernie Krause, who reminds us that '…all music was born in the natural world.'  Check out the 'Society of Sound', and  listen to the wild.

From musical explorations in early synthesizer days to helping develop the field of Soundscape Ecology, Bernie Krause travels vast musical territory:
Bernie Krause. Zoetrope 1979 – Taken during the recording sessions for Apocalypse Now, at Francis Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios in San Francisco     

Friday, October 25, 2013

Bernie Krause Joins the Harry Walker Agency for Speaking Engagements

Wild Sanctuary is pleased to announce that soundscape expert, Dr. Bernie Krause, has selected the Harry Walker Agency to represent him for public speaking, appearance, and the guest lecture circuit.

Known as the world's leading agency for their noteworthy representation of premiere keynote, environmental, and motivational speakers, the professional speaker's bureau ensures experienced event planners to assist in scheduling and logistical arrangements with any type or size of organization, from colleges and universities to industry, public, private events.  The agents can incorporate possible off-the-podium activities as well,  such as workshops, book signings, meet and greet receptions, Q & A sessions, academic lectures, teaching consultations, educational forums, or press conferences.

Bernie will also speak at selected local, non-profit, or personal charitable events through direct Wild Sanctuary scheduling, as time permits.

To invite Dr. Krause to speak at your next event:
Please send an inquiry including proposed date(s), city, state, country, name of organization and/or sponsor, event description, Dr. Krause's intended involvement, and your contact information to:
Please include the subject line: Bernie Krause Speaker Inquiry.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Dark Mountain - Repairing the Silent Spring: A Conversation with Bernie Krause

The harmony, emergence, and patterns which connect us to the natural world have long been of interest to the remarkable scholar Jeppe Graugaard, as he writes about our human experience with the wild, cultural narratives, worldviews, and social changeWe thank him for his insightful interview with Bernie Krause, as featured in The Dark Mountain blog.

Read the article here:

Visit Jeppe at his site:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Introducing: The Orchestra of the Wild

Bernie and Kat Krause have long played instrumental parts within the world of soundscape exploration.  In addition to preserving, protecting, and promoting soundscape awareness and furthering development of Soundscape Ecology for use in science, art, and outreach, their continuous expression of  the harmony that can be found amid wilderness and the wild is a vital part of Wild Sanctuary's on-going effort.

Katherine Krause, Richard Blackford
. . . Announcing 
"The Great Animal Orchestra: A Symphony"

Bernie Krause, Richard Blackford
An exceptional new orchestral symphony - based on Bernie's most recent book - is currently being created as a collaborative effort with noted British composer, Richard Blackford, and is now scheduled to premiere July 12, 2014, first at the Cheltenham Music Festival, UK, and later in Wales, and the USA.

The origins of music began in the wild, as creature voices joined in some particularly significant ways, likely inspiring humans to dance, sing, speak, and perform over eons of time.  In this new expression, soundscape becomes both muse and instrument within the orchestral suite, an evolving exploration of the natural and musical worlds.

Watch for updates about 'The Great Animal Orchestra: A Symphony', as this theme continues to resonate with friends, fans, and a engaged generation of listeners around the globe.   Tune in to the inherent harmonies that spring from the fundamental source of all music...find out what the soundscapes of the natural world will inspire in you! 

Join us, as 'The Orchestra of the Wild' educates, enlightens, and entertains in profound new ways  - a sonic adventure in soundscape awareness.  Informed by The Voice of the Natural World, we are delighted to welcome you to the ever-evolving works and resonant delights of Wild Sanctuary.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bernie Krause at 'Think Again': The TED Global Conference | Edinburgh, Scotland | June 2013

It was the delight of the year to attend the recent TED Global conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, this summer.

We met amazing people, doing extraordinary things to improve the world, their communities, and the environment.  The innovation, creativity, dedication, and inspiration found within this international gathering of TED speakers is legend - and the hospitality, friendship, and connection found within the assembly of participants and attendees left a significant impression upon us.  The positive spirit of the event (and the wide range of topics and approaches) was revitalizing, hopeful, and inspiring.

Here, Bernie Krause shares his lifelong efforts to explore the world of Soundscape and how he came to understand ways in which the creature chorus of the wild informs our connection to the natural world, to culture, to spirituality - and to one and another.

We hope you enjoy it.

Bernie and Kat Krause add thanks to communications consultant TJ Bauman, for her professional guidance in preparations for this TED Global talk.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Bernie Krause on soundscape ecology at TED Global 2013.

Wild Sanctuary founder, Dr. Bernie Krause, will be a guest presenter at TED Global 2013: Think Again (Edinburgh), scheduled for Wednesday, June 12th, in Session 5: Listening to Nature.  We're delighted to participate within this international forum of innovative, world-class thought leaders.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A World of Soundscapes: Alpine Meadow

Just as streetlights engulf the starlight, human noise is all too rapidly drowning out the living sounds of the natural world.  For those who like a little wild nature in their days and nights, nothing can provide a sense of place like sound.

Wild Sanctuary's newly designed WildStore features an incomparable collection of soundscape albums from the most amazing wild places left in the world!  The collection of downloadable albums brings together several of the world's top nature recordists sharing their finest works.  To browse the catalog and listen to the short sound clips provided, is to enter directly into the habitats portrayed: rich, resonant, and utterly real.

Convenient preview (there is no word for pre-hear) sliders on the site provide a brief sense of content, artistic and exemplary detail for each album. Better yet, you can purchase full-length Mp3 selections by Krause, and his extraordinary colleagues in the field, that each provide a true sense of being at a particular place, season, and time.  A collection - worth collecting, as habitats like this are rarely found, often costly to get to, and the ephemeral nature of their soundscapes even more difficult to capture with such accurate presence and vitality.

Play the video (above) of 'Alpine Meadow', then take a journey of your own -- a visit to the WildStore is a breath of fresh air!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Announcing New Wild Sanctuary Website & WildStore

Today, we're pleased to announce that our new Website and WildStore is launched!

We welcome you to our totally redesigned site and streamlined store, which features a fine collection of extraordinary soundscape titles - and other offerings - including many wonderful natural sounds audio works from our colleagues in the field.  It's a new site... so please, let us know if you have questions, comments, or suggestions at: ...and do come join us!

Our new site and storefront are the result of an extraordinary collaborative effort from a variety of talented designers and programmers who joined us in this effort.  We are most grateful to them all:

Applause to the build team!
     Evelyn Badia, Whitney Green, Erica Hirshfeld, & group: Tröllback + Company
     Jennifer Ozkan, Robert Blackburn, & Jeff Zienowicz: Cybersense
     Trevor Carlow: CarlowSEO
     Kathleen Norris
     Mark Wilder: Wilder2
     'Zanne Clark: ZannePhotography 
     - And the other experts who helped out with this new construction

It shouldn't go without saying...Special cheers to all our family and friends for offering kind words and patience while we were immersed (for many months) within cyberspace on this creative project.
                                                                                                               -- Kat Krause

Friday, January 11, 2013

Coming Soon: Paperback Edition of 'The Great Animal Orchestra'

Received fine news from publishing group Little, Brown & Company (Hachette Book Group) that Bernie's newest book, 'The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places", (already available in hardback, e-book, e-book (enhanced), and audiobook versions) will soon be available in Trade Paperback version. Watch for it at your favorite local and on-line booksellers.
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