Travel with the sounds of tropical forests before they disappear

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For many of us the rainforests are far from our usual landscape. Some have been fortunate enough to visit some and see, smell, feel, hear seething life in them.

For many others, rainforests can be a target to visit in the future or a dream to perform. For our children it can be a Utopia.

The rain forests are disappearing at a rapid pace and this project that I present today may become the last sound resource of this primitive and powerful life that lurks deep in the rainforests of the world.

When we think of tropical forests, located in the equatorial belt of the planet, we think of the dense vegetation in the colors of their thousand green, in moving rivers and animals on its surface or the treetops. The sounds of the jungle are also impressive and very few records of these environments, but equally useful to identify them.

If you’ve never been to one, you do not even can imagine what it’s like in the middle of the jungle, at night, listening to a myriad of sounds at once, coming from unknown places. If you have experienced, you cannot forget anymore in your life.

Fragments of extinction are an art project that explores acoustic echo-acoustic complexity of the few equatorial forests that are still intact.

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The decision to record their sounds is based on the sound stage of these ecosystems is virtually unknown. There was no similar project, and in a few decades these recordings could be the only record we have left this life, precious fragments of an irreversibly degraded acoustic heritage.

The latest predictions of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) indicate that half of the planet’s species will be extinct by the end of this century (most of them will never be discovered by science).

Recordings of this artistic project were conducted in three representative areas of primary rainforest in the Amazon, Africa and Borneo. The reason we have chosen these forests is that the biome of the equatorial forests integrates the most complex ecosystems on Earth. They are also the most fragile ecosystems where the extinction rate is higher.

We invite you to a sound journey through these three forests. Sit back and enjoy with your eyes closed.

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