UAU: Music for Percussion / Soundscapes and Ant Acoustics of the Brazilian Amazon

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UAU: Music for Percussion / Soundscapes and Ant Acoustics of the Brazilian Amazon

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In August 2017, I began a collaborative multimedia research project on ant acoustics in the Brazilian Amazon. This is the first collection of music from this work in the intersection of art, ecology, entomology, and bioacoustics. UAU features 5 compositions based on my recordings of ants, soundscapes of their habitats, and observations of their movement and form. Most of my field research was conducted at Adolpho Ducke Reserve near Manaus, Brazil. Ants are doing so much of the vital work maintaining tropical rainforest ecosystem functions: herbivory, seed dispersal, predation, decomposition - and these habitats are in turn crucial to global climate regulation. Can listening to ants generate empathy and encourage us to do our part in countering climate change? Myrmecologists Fabricio Baccaro and Erica Valle at Universidade Federal do Amazonas are producing and analyzing spectrograms of our ant recordings to examine differences in acoustics across species. I look forward as we continue our collaborative experiment. The second album of work from this research was composed at my recent residency at the Banff Centre, and will be released in mid-2019. This work was supported by Labverde, INPA, ICBEU, UFAM, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

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