Rural field ambi
NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
12 Oct 1999
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Stereo=1; Decoded MS stereo
Show: Bug Communication
Log of Interview with Rex
you seemed to be amazed by what you were hearing.
I was [amazed], I inferred from what I've heard and recorded¿of what must be going on in plants out in the field. But really, as a consequence of trying to figure out ways of recording things in creative ways for this program, I expanded my own repertoire a bit and I was very surprised, I was completely enchanted. It was as fun as when I first got into this and heard my first few sounds. It was actually quite useful for me to do this program bc I have expanded my repertoire of skills and techniques and I'm looking forward to going down to the tropics and being more mobile so I'll be able to walk along with a pair of clip on ears.
does this give you new ideas of what to listen for?
I think there were two things that struck me. Actually there were three things¿.one, the first thing was the number of species you could hear on one branch, so this wasn't just a private communication just between two individual of one species, but it's it's own acoustic environment with multiple species calling¿a whole community of things. The other is the way this whole sound scape changed over time [plane flying overhead] as calling insects would drift through and stop and call on this plant a few times and then fly on so that the little constellation of sounds would change over time. The other thing is that even in the mildest breeze it was almost impossible to get a recording¿.
even with what we were using before wind was a pretty important factor and so really it was kind of an extension of that observation just how important this source of environmental noise has to be in all of these communication systems. It's a little hard to tell what's happening, when it is wind you can't necessarily tell that nothing is calling bc all you can hear is wind, but even when it's just mildly wind you can hear a little bit of noise. I got the strong impression that things were waiting for windows, silence, and lots of the calling that was going on was in the evening when the wind had died down. So it was quite useful for refining my perspective on what the challenges were for communication in this modality.
Ambi: dog barking in background, insects.
what are you going to do now Rex?
I'll go and record insects. And this kind of recording was the most fun¿but research is much more focused and a lot of it is in the lab and on specific species and answering certain questions and that's interesting from the intellectual side of it. But this part is fun and keeps me going. So I'll set up a lab and do my research but I'll be going back and forth between the U.S. and the tropics and the kind of questions that I'm interested in will keep me in the same line of research for the foreseeable future.
Ambi: insects and birds. Plane flying overhead.
This is AC, Monday on Morning Edition join us on our next Radio Expedition to this place where I am now, a field in Leesburg, VA where you'll hear some amazing things. Monday, on NPR's Morning Edition, the next Radio Expedition from NPR and NGS.
This is AC, Monday on NPR's Morning Edition the next NG Radio Expedition goes to Leesburg VA¿.
The secret sounds of insects, the next NG Radio Ex, Monday on NPR's Morning Edition.
This is AC, tomorrow on the NPR's Morning Edition, the next NG Radio Ex travels to Leesburg VA.
The secret sounds of insects on the next NG Radio Ex on tomorrow's NPR's Morning Edition.