The Great Animal Orchestra

Bernie Krause, United Visual Artists


American bioacoustician and musician Bernie Krause has recorded more than 5,000 hours of natural habitats, including at least 15,000 terrestrial and marine species from all around the world since the 1970s. Poetic and scientific at the same time, this sound archive reveals the musical harmony and orchestral organization of animal vocalizations.

This book presents The Great Animal Orchestra, a work created in 2016 by Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists for the exhibition spaces of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris. It tells the elaborate story of this unprecedented immersive installation, from the recordings of the sounds of nature realized by Bernie Krause to their visual translation into a three-dimensional video installation by United Visual Artists. Combining aesthetics and technology, The Great Animal Orchestra simultaneously offers a sound and visual meditation on the necessity of preserving the beauty of the natural world.


Bernie Krause


Bernie Krause is a bioacoustician, scientist, and musician. He was a musician and sound engineer during the 1960s and 1970s, and also contributed to soundtracks for films such as Rosemary’s Baby and Apocalypse Now. He is the author of several books.

United Visual Artists


United Visual Artists is a studio founded by Matthew Clark in London in 2003.