>From "the other side of the pond" here in Britain (and all over the
world I'm sure) there is now a new sense of optimism and hope. Well
done Americans! I for one am still shedding tears of joy!
Aside from the obvious, few existing US government policies have
angered us outside America as much as the desecration of the
environment and denial of responsibility for the impact of those
policies. From a recordists perspective the environment is the focus
of our passion, and the new administration cannot fail to have a more
sympathetic approach to the natural world we recordists love so much!
Bernie, you asked for ideas on other natural soundscape issues... I
feel there is one subject which dwarfs every other, though it may be
deemed too contentious for discussion here. However, I feel we must be
brave enough to at least raise the subject: Surely no other human
activity has such an immediate and catastrophic impact on soundscapes
as war... Does anyone else feel this subject deserves discussion -
here or elsewhere? I do not wish to to offend anyone (or promote any
specific cause) so a separate group seems the only sensible route for
discussion - e-mail me with ideas please (off-group is probably best).
I have no doubt that soundscapes globally will benefit from the next
US administration. In a very real sense the changes on Capitol Hill
will inevitably have an impact on the natural world and every
recording we make - wherever we are. As others have pointed out,
without subjects, the best equipment in the world will not deliver you
--- In Volker Widmann <>
> I still remain somewhat irrationally optimistic.
> Instead of falling into deep despair I simply act on the maxim, that I
> you want people to follow a certain path there is no other way
> convincing them but to arouse their hearts with love for the aim that
> you have in mind.
> And this leads us nature recordists to what we are doing.
> This is what our commitment to society should be.
> So we definitely are not a bunch of techno weirdos prowling in the
> woods, bogs and fens, but we are Arousers of Love for the voices of the
> other beings that are with us on this earth.
> That is quite some task, but I love it! I can't think of anything
> to do.
> Walter Knapp schrieb:
> > Posted by: "Bernie Krause"
> > >
> > > Just remember ol' bean, now the real work begins. We all gotta get
> > > directly and intimately involved in issues that we hold near and
> > > There's just too much destruction and deconstruction over the past
> > > three decades to overcome and to hold one person responsible for.
> > > For those who wish to address the ArcticNWR, for instance, perhaps
> > > it's time to form a pro-active team, create a protection model based
> > > on our particular area of expertise, and present it and ourselves to
> > > the administration as a responsible group to lead the way. If there
> > > are other issues we wish to address re the natural soundscape
> > > ditto. Anyone got any thoughts?
> > Without human population control you are fooling yourself. Any minor
> > improvement you might make will simply be overrun by increasing
> > population.
> > Walt