Fragments of Extinction participated in the UN Biodiversity Conference in November 2018 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, where David Monacchi presented his work on eco-acoustics at the General Assembly.
Soundscapes recorded in undisturbed primary equatorial forests were shared with the participants of the Conference. The structural integrity of these unique rich ecosystems were heard in their acoustic behavior, and displayed through sophisticated eco-acoustic analyses, to highlight the importance of protecting the last primary forests in the tropics.
- LISTEN to a swamp forest ecosystem in Africa, a flooded forest in Latin America, or an alluvial forest in Borneo (Asia).
- READ MORE about the details of a spectogram and eco-acoustic music, or data analysis.
- DISCOVER the first Eco-acoustic theatre
“We began investigating in the world’s oldest and most diverse primary equatorial rainforests, collecting three-dimensional sound portraits of entire circadian cycles. The complex network of inter and intra-specific communication found in these recordings is a relevant proof of the systemic behavior of the soundscape in primary habitats. It is the sonic heritage of millions of years of evolution. We must save fragments of it in order to study, understand, experience, enjoy, and conserve it, preserving for future generations imprints of the disappearing sonic intelligence of nature. Fragments of Extinction is doing part of this work.” David Monacchi
The first permanent Eco-acoustic Theatre opened to the public in 2017 at Naturama Natural History Museum, Denmark. A mobile eco-acoustic theatre is under construction and will be available from 2019 onwards. Read the IUCN article or watch the video below.