Event Title

Digital Nature

Streaming Media

Infographic

Description

Rapidly advancing sensor technologies have allowed ecologists to now capture many elements of nature - visually and acoustically – in digital form. Ecologists are becoming increasingly aware that the amount of “pure, untouched nature” is dwindling. In addition, our society is has transitioned to be an urban species that surrounds itself with the sounds of the built environment that disconnects us from nature. Our “ear bud” society in the future may only be able to experience nature through artificial means, in digital form, making us dependent only on past recordings of “pure nature” to know and experience what nature has to offer us for spiritual and recreational enjoyment. To inspire people to “turn their ears back on” and make them more aware of the wondrous sounds that nature has to offer people, I will discuss recordings that I have made and multi-media visuals that have been produced that showcase the beauty of nature. A discussion will follow that seek to generate ideas for how we can best protect the remaining natural, pure soundscapes and how we can best increase public awareness that nature’s sounds are precious.

Location

Loeb Playhouse

Start Date

9-18-2014 4:00 PM

DOI

10.5703/1288284315970

 
Sep 18th, 4:00 PM

Digital Nature

Loeb Playhouse

Rapidly advancing sensor technologies have allowed ecologists to now capture many elements of nature - visually and acoustically – in digital form. Ecologists are becoming increasingly aware that the amount of “pure, untouched nature” is dwindling. In addition, our society is has transitioned to be an urban species that surrounds itself with the sounds of the built environment that disconnects us from nature. Our “ear bud” society in the future may only be able to experience nature through artificial means, in digital form, making us dependent only on past recordings of “pure nature” to know and experience what nature has to offer us for spiritual and recreational enjoyment. To inspire people to “turn their ears back on” and make them more aware of the wondrous sounds that nature has to offer people, I will discuss recordings that I have made and multi-media visuals that have been produced that showcase the beauty of nature. A discussion will follow that seek to generate ideas for how we can best protect the remaining natural, pure soundscapes and how we can best increase public awareness that nature’s sounds are precious.