“The Great Animal Orchestra:” Capturing The Sights And Sounds Of The Earth

Photo: Carl Stevens / WBZ

SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – An interactive display on the north shore brings visitors through the sights and sounds of the planet’s biodiversity.

The Great Animal Orchestra” is an immersive audio-visual experience on display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. The exhibit is made up of more than 5,000 hours of recordings of natural environments collected by American Musician and Soundscape Ecologist Bernie Krause. The recordings have been translated into visual spectrograms that create a feast for the ears and eyes.

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“It’s visual, but it’s a visual representation of sound,” said Co-Curator Jane Winchell. “You have an experience of the visual nature of, like, imaging sound in a way that you would never see it.”

“The Great Animal Orchestra” is a collaboration between Krause and United Visual Artists, which helped created the spectrograms. The display will be at the museum through May 22 of this year. 

WBZ's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) took a walk through the exhibit:

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