Music and Nature

By Patricia Zarate

Fellow, David Rockefeller Center For Latin American Studies, Harvard University

Outreach Coordinator, Berklee Global Jazz Institute

 

New genres that study the sounds of nature and their relationship with the human phenomena of music have developed over the past decade. New fields such as Sound Studies, Bio Musicology, Sound Art, Bio Acoustics are expanding as a consequence of a transformation rather than a fracture in musical practice. With the accelerated rate of ecological destruction and the extinction of not only flora and fauna,

 but the sounds of animals and their surroundings, the study of environmental sound becomes more important each second we live. This presentation will focus on the new sounds of the XXI century including sound studies, sound pollution and how the soundscapes of the XXI century are affecting human minds and bodies.