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“These sounds are part of our DNA. What we are hearing resonates with that atavistic moment in our lives when our ancestors heard these sounds and lived by them. In that way, it reconnects us to the natural, to the living world around us. But let me tell you, the further we draw away from that source of our lives, the more pathological we become as a culture. You don’t believe that? Watch the news.” — Bernie Krause in the article The ‘Great Animal Orchestra’ brings the wild rumpus of nature to art museums’ for WBUR)


Synopsis
FR

Bernie Krause, Une vie avec Le Grand Orchestre des Animaux brosse le portrait de ce bio-acousticien, à la fois artiste et scientifique, qui depuis plus de cinquante ans parcourt le monde pour enregistrer les voix de la nature. Dans son studio, sur ses lieux d’enregistrement, Bernie revient sur les origines de son rapport intime au son : son enfance dans une cité industrielle de Détroit, sa carrière de musicien à Hollywood, puis sa première immersion en pleine nature, transformatrice. Avec sa femme Kat, compagne de travail et de conviction, ils nous transmettent un message d’urgence climatique et font l’état des lieux d’un monde sauvage fragile, dont les derniers sanctuaires jouent chaque jour leur survie face à l’homme. Ils s’interrogent également sur la transmission de leur œuvre aux futures générations, dernier témoin de la richesse acoustique de milliers d’habitats aujourd’hui disparus. Une plongée dans l’univers d’un homme passionné qui a été le premier à entendre le chant du monde, et qui sait que si nous voulons le préserver, il faut apprendre à écouter.

EN

Bernie Krause, A Life with The Great Animal Orchestra tells the story of Bernie Krause, a “soundscape ecologist,” who is both an artist and a scientist. For more than fifty years, he has traveled the world recording the sounds of animals in their natural habitats. Whenever he is recording in the field or listening to his recordings in his studio, Bernie is reminded of the origins of his intimate relationship with sound: his childhood growing up in Detroit, his career as a musician in Hollywood, and his first immersion in nature. Together with his wife Katherine, Bernie sends us an urgent message about the climate emergency and the fragility of the wild world, whose remaining sanctuaries must fight every day for survival amidst human activity. Bernie Krause: A Life with The Great Animal Orchestra delves into the world of a passionate man who was the first to hear the song of the world, and who contends that if we want to preserve it, we must learn to listen.

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Photo credit: Soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause. Bernie Krause, 2021 © Masha Karpoukhina for Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

Director

Vincent Tricon

Country

France

Production

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Executive production

Les Poissons Volants and Virginia Subramaniyam

Image and Sound

Colorfool Films and Masha Karpoukhina