Saturday, April 21, 2012
gloves wisteria soundscape
Gloves look so alive. They are almost animate. These are my gardening gloves. They long for the feel of earth between their fingers.
Outside the study window a fat pigeon sits among the leaves feeding on wisteria buds.
A moving review of a booked called The Great Annual Orchestra by Bernie Krausse is in Thursday's Independent. It concerns soundscape, "the concerto of the natural world". The reviewer, Michael McCarthy , speaks of his surprise when he became aware, on a spring day in the Norfolk Broads, "of a whole layer of aural existence of which I had been sublimely ignorant." Two discoveries he says, stand out for him in the book. The first is that every organism has a unique sound signature, however minute. The second is that in nature's symphony everything fits together: organisms fit together to use unoccupied sound channels of time, loudness or frequency, so that they do not drown each other out in a cacophony (Krausse calls this 'niche discrimination'); instead they form a collective voice, "the acoustic harmony of the wild)".
Much to think about now. I must away soon to Amazon.