The mission of Conservation Sound is to use
our field recording and studio skills to inform, educate
and thrill people about wild and endangered places.
In forest or field, beneath the oceans, on the highest peaks of the most rugged mountain ranges, there are no silent stories.
Searching for a new band of chimps in the forests of central Africa, you first listen for them. They call to each other – to contact the clan, to establish territory. If you hope to find them… listen.
The best field biologists learn to mimic the practices of the ancient forest peoples. And these peoples still survive in a few wild places because they know the actual forest craft of wildlife… listen.
Many pictures truly are worth a thousand words; some are worth more. But for every truth that nature reveals to our eyes, it whispers a thousand others in sounds, signals and signs that make the wild experience complete.
The shoreline roar of a bull elephant-seal defending his harem, the spectacular Amazonian dawn chorus of oropendola birds, the low, warning grunt of a lioness – sound tells us what is happening. We can hear if a creature is at rest, at play, or on the hunt. As importantly, sound conveys emotional information. Sound can tell us how to interpret what we are seeing… and how to feel about experiences that are foreign to our daily lives.
Today it is possible – necessary, even – to reproduce the full context of these experiences. In the age of online and iPods, with digital information available to a global community, with audio playback on everything from tiny cell phones to theatrical home entertainment systems, with surround-sound technology increasingly common for public settings and events, sound truly does tell the story.