The Book Of Music and Nature

An Anthology of Sounds, Words, Thoughts

Rothenberg and Ulvaeus
Wesleyan Univ. Press, Middletown, CT - 2001
ISBN : 0-8195-6407-9
262 pages, 16 cm x 23,5 cm
1 CD

An excerpt from the Editorial

This issue of Terra Nova considers the many ways music can reach and define nature. Music here becomes a form of knowledge, if you will, that links us closer to the solid reverberations of the surrounding world. As soon as you start to pay attention, the borders become less clear. You will hear a bird on the enclosed compact disk that sounds as controlled as a human composing a tune on a flute. You will hear compositions that mirror the workings of nature in their manner of operation, an old aesthetic dream that John Cage picked up from art historian Ananda Coomaraswamy, who extracted it from the vision of techne announced long ago by Aristotle: We follow nature so that we may complete processes that the world has begun and left undone, leaving a place for the ingenuity that so marks human presence on the earth. This is an ancient idea but a good one; without it, thereis absolutely nothing we can do to work with nature except fit into its constraints. […]

David Rothenberg, Editor (read the whole Editorial)


You don't have to be human to be a musician...

What do the wolves think of us when we howl at them? Do the birds still like their own songs when we sing along? Music tugs at the emotions, sings the world into being. It lures us into other cultures, other species, other ways of life. This special issue of Terra Nova celebrates the ways music can be made out of nature and can make us hear nature anew. A seventy-four minute audio CD is included.