Nature's Orchestra: Sounds of Our Changing Planet
Nature's Orchestra: Sounds of Our Changing Planet
Nature's Orchestra: Sounds of Our Changing Planet
Item#: NAT-1102
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Running Time: 24 minutes
Grades 4 - Adult
Scene Selection • Closed Captioned
A Stephen Most Production



Highly Recommended. Editor’s Choice. Soundscapes present quantifiable information about the health of environments and are important measures of how specific habitats change with time; they can also serve as important measures of the influence of humans, their technologies, and climate change. The DVD will engage viewers with a broad range of ages and perspectives. It examines important intersections between the sciences and humanities.”
- Science Books and Films (AAAS)

"Highly recommended….a delightful introduction to the work of Krause, an enthusiastic figure—whether in the wilderness or the classroom—who is very inspirational.”
– Video Librarian

“Gorgeously shot...accompanied by Krause’s exceptional, unique soundscapes and composed music. It’s hard not to fall in love with the passion of Krause, who states, ‘The music of the natural world holds the secret of love for all things, especially our own humanity.' Viewers are likely to be motivated to listen to the natural world around them, and to protect it.”
– School Library Journal

"Recommended. Video content and quality is high. Krause coined the word ‘Biophony’ to describe animal sounds as a group and helped to create the scientific discipline of Soundscape Ecology...."
-Educational Media Reviews Online

"Deeply moving. One of the many interesting things about it is that the stunning images are amplified by sound. In other words, sound opens our eyes."
–Richard Luov, author, Last Child in the Woods


"Bernie Krause is, above all, an artist. I have watched him recording the calls of chimpanzees and the singing of the insects and birds, and seen his deep love for the harmonies of nature."
–Jane Goodall, primatologist & UN Messenger of Peace

"Krause shows us the music of the natural world—long may his work continue!"
–Pete Seeger, folk singer

“Bernie Krause and his niche theory are the real thing. His originality, research and above all basic knowledge of the sound environments in nature are impressive.”
-E.O. Wilson, biologist and author



- Wild & Scenic Film Festival
- Colorado Environmental Film Festival
- Sonoma International Film Festival



All prices include DVD and PPR

• K-12 Schools, Public Libraries & Community Groups: $69
• Colleges, Government, Businesses: $150
• Colleges, Government (with DSL): $195

Nature sounds have been recognized as crucial indicators of environmental quality ever since the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Traveling across the planet to every continent since the late 1960s, noted musician and soundscape ecologist Dr. Bernie Krause has recorded more than 15,000 species -- marine and terrestrial.

Nature sounds offer important information about the health of today's wild habitats and the life within them. Over half of the soundscapes Krause has recorded are now silent or can no longer be heard in their original form.

Nature's Orchestra follows Bernie Krause on a soundscape expedition in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. To record habitats that are neither disturbed nor destroyed by human activities, nature sound recordists have to travel far. Along with animal voices, including migratory bird songs, the barking of a fox, and a grizzly's sniff, the expedition records the melting of permafrost and other evidence of climate change.

Recording geophonic sounds of winds, melting tundra, cracking ice and flowing water are as important for this scientific expedition as recording wildlife.

Climate change affects the polar regions at more than twice the rate of change in temperate and tropical regions; and some of its effects can be heard through a comparative study of nature sounds recorded at the same places and time of year—in this case early June—in different years.

Nature's Orchestra offers a unique marriage of science and art. Accompanying the visual beauty of America's Serengeti is music with sounds from the wild that Krause composed for the symphony "The Great Animal Orchestra," and also for the "Biophony" ballet.

Back home in Sonoma County, Bernie treats high school students to the music of walruses, fish and an elephant from his composition "Gorillas in the Mix," and takes them into the creekbed near their school to listen, through microphones and headphones, to nature sounds.

Krause's work demonstrates that the origins of music are in the world's wild places, and that nature sounds provide an important connection to the natural world, as well as to our deepest selves.


To help integrate the film into your classroom or community, a link to a downloadable Study Guide is included with DVD purchase. The guide includes key concepts, lesson plans, suggested questions and answers, glossary, and links to related resources:

• Helpful guidelines on how to lead a SoundWalk
• Model multi-disciplinary lesson plans enable selecting areas of most interest
• Dialogue starters and activities for understanding or exploring more complex ideas and to encourage further study
• Materials relate to the interests and experiences of students to engage their scientific, artistic, or technical curiosity
• Can be tailored for multiple grade levels and for differing levels of depth and understanding
• Varied links, resources, and associated activities to help further explore the principles and concepts of Soundscape Ecology and Soundscape Awareness.