Friday, 3 July 2009

[creative-radio] Sounds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska

Arctic Collection

In early June of 2006, three teams of recording engineers traveled to the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to systematically capture the
sounds of this remote and wild region. From the period of June 2-11, audio
recordings were made at three locations representing different biomes:
Timber Lake (boreal/taiga/tundra), Sunset Pass (foothills/tundra) and
Beaufort Lagoon (coastal plain located within Refuge Area 1002, a site of
proposed oil and gas exploration). These recordings can be heard here as
part of the Arctic Soundscape Project. Arctic recording team member Dr.
Bernie Krause writes: "From the audio data we will be able to extract and
analyze (l) organism presence and density, (2) acoustic characteristics of
the habitats and landscapes (3) provide a baseline collection against
which to measure future impact of human noise, climate, and habitat
changes within those sites, and (4) provide audio data for a wide range of
applications for science, education, the arts, and conservation advocacy."
Search recordings from the collection or listen to selected highlights on
this page. Special thanks to Dr. Bernie Krause, Martyn Stewart and Dr.
Kevin Colver for the use of their Arctic recordings.

Support for the Arctic Soundscape Project was provided by the Animal
Welfare Institute, Calgary Zoo, Harvard University, Google (Firm), Johnson
Outdoor Industries, Madrone Audubon Society, Maine Community Foundation,
Patagonia, Inc., SanDisk, SkyWalker Sound, individual residents of the
Sonoma County community, Stanford University, University of Utah J.
Willard Marriott Library, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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