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How to Make Music With a Whale

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New York Times has an interesting article called How to Make Music With a Whale, written by David Rothenberg.

The year 1970 was a good one for whales — at least when it came to record sales. That year Capitol Records released “Songs of the Humpback Whale,” a series of recordings of humpbacks off the coast of Bermuda, made by a team led by the marine scientist Roger Payne. This was no “Abbey Road” — it featured only the sounds made by the whales, without human accompaniment — but the record became an became an overnight sensation and soon, the best-selling nature recording ever. It is largely credited with raising public awareness of the plight of whales, making it a cause so emblematic that it is often identified as the birth of the environmental movement — not to mention the source of endless jokes about the post-hippie, stoned-out, early-New Age 1970s.

Read it here.

A word of warning though; check out this whale comics before adding this layer of sound to your music…