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Music of the Natural World

Mary Anne hears about nature's symphonies from musician and bio-acoustician Bernie Krause, who has been recording wild soundscapes for more than 45 years.

What music do animals and plants make? What can we learn by listening to the environment? Musician and bio-acoustician Bernie Krause tells us how to hear nature's symphonies.

On top of his pioneering work in electronic music (including collaborations with the Byrds and Stevie Wonder), Krause has been recording wild soundscapes for more than 45 years. From shrimp to whales, from streams to storms, from wind to viruses, he has been uncovering nature's rich sonic tapestry with some unexpected results. Today at the Cheltenham Music Festival, a symphony based on his Great Animal Orchestra will have its premiere performance.

Tune in to hear his amazing discoveries and explanation of the environmental orchestra we are all a part off.

Elsewhere Mary Anne reflects on the best moments of the week on BBC Radio 6 Music, and plays her favourite music - an eclectic mix of new and old, loud and quiet, fast and slow music.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Nirvana

    Come As You Are

    • Geffen.
  • Elbow

    Real Life (Angel)

    • Polydor.
  • Le Tigre

    After Dark

    • Universal.
  • The Cramps

    Human Fly

    • Beaky.
  • Jenny Lewis

    Just One Of The Guys

    • Warner Bros. Records.
  • Barrington Levy

    Here I Come

    • Greensleeves.
  • Sunriser

    • Oliveray

      Growing Waterwings

  • Ramones

    Blitzkrieg Bop

    • Sire.
  • tUnE-yArDs

    Hey Life

    • 4AD.
  • Slow Club

    Suffering You, Suffering Me (6 Music session 7.7.14)

  • The War on Drugs


    • Lost in The Dream.
    • Secretly Canadian.
    • 001.
  • Jonathan Richman & Modern Lovers

    Roadrunner (Twice)

    • Essential.
  • Yuna

    Thinkin Bout You

  • The Kinks

    You Really Got Me

    • Castle.
  • Morrissey


    • World Peace is None Of Your Business.
    • Harvest.
    • 001.
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

    Where the Wild Roses Grow (feat. Kylie Minogue)

    • Mute Records.
  • Robert Plant

    Little Maggie

    • Nonesuch.
  • Jacques Dutronc


    • BMG France.
  • Jessy Lanza

    You And Me

  • Radiohead

    Climbing Up The Wall

    • Parlophone.
    • 13.
  • Public Image Ltd

    Flowers Of Romance

    • Virgin.
  • The Stone Roses

    She Bangs The Drums

    • Silvertone.
  • Caribou

    Can't Do Without You

    • City Slang.
  • The Futureheads

    Hounds Of Love

  • Honeyblood

    Super Rat

    • Honeyblood.
    • FatCat Records.
    • 001.
  • Arrested Development


    • Cool Tempo.
  • Mastodon

    The Motherload

  • Pavement

    Carrot Rope

    • Virgin.
  • alt-J

    Hunger Of The Pine

    • This Is All Yours.
    • Infectious Music.
    • 001.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Free Bird

  • 3 Minute Epiphany

    Bernie Krause: Sounds of the Natural World

  • Mountain Man

    Animal Tracks

    • Made the Harbor.
    • Bella Union.
    • 002.
  • King Creosote

    For One Night Only

    • From Scotland With Love.
    • Domino.
    • 001.
  • Little Eva

    The Loco-Motion

    • Westside.
  • Bat for Lashes

    Skin Song

  • Tame Impala

    Apocalypse Dreams

    • Modular.
  • Pixies

    Magdalena 318

    • Indie Cindy.
    • Pias.
    • 001.
  • Stevie Wonder

    Happy Birthday

    • Stevie Wonder - Song Review.
    • Universal.
  • Conor Oberst

    Zigzagging Toward The Light

    • Upside Down Mountain.
    • Nonesuch.
    • 001.
  • Sam & Dave

    You Don't Know Like I Know

    • Atlantic.
  • Song for Huey

    • Goat

      Hide From The Sun