Hear the sound of the last tropical forests on the planet

Hear the sound of the last tropical forests on the planet

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

According to various world organizations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, half of the species that inhabit planet Earth today will be extinct by the end of this century. Hundreds of birds, insects, reptiles and mammals that today inhabit the deep equatorial forests will cease to exist without us having studied or known them in depth.

Global warming, logging and mining are destroying the tropical forests of the equatorial region of the planet, these forests are currently considered the most complex and diverse ecosystems on Earth, but also as the most fragile and threatened. The Amazon, Borneo and Africa are areas that still treasure unknown wonders, among them, the beautiful mixture of natural sounds that connects us with the most primitive of our memory as a species.

In an effort to document and preserve the acoustic richness of tropical forests, theFragments of extintion, makes available to us high quality recordings of the sounds of equatorial forests classified by area, types of terrain and vegetation, time of day and month of year.

The team of this non-profit organization travels through various ecosystems around the world capturing their most intangible characteristics: sounds. Unique and unknown sounds that pretend to be recorded before they are lost forever because of being threatened. They summarize it themselves like this:

The recordings have been carried out in three representative areas of primary tropical forest, in the Amazon, Africa and Borneo. The reason these forests have been chosen is because the equatorial forest biome integrates the most complex ecosystems on Earth. They are also the most fragile ecosystems, where the extinction rate is highest.

The decision to record their sound is based on the fact that the acoustic setting of these ecosystems is practically unknown, despite the fact that echo-acoustics surprisingly reveals the order and balance of these forests. Sound is the great underrated element in the natural dynamics of ecosystems. These sounds made of art can help raise awareness about the sixth mass extinction that we are experiencing this century. Until this, no similar project existed, and in a few decades these recordings will constitute important fragments of an irreversibly degraded acoustic heritage.

If you have never been to a tropical forest, you will not even be able to imagine what it is like to be in the middle of the jungle at night listening to an infinity of sounds at the same time, which come from unknown places ... unable to identify the animal that emits it. It is a sound that surrounds you and makes you part of something much greater than yourself, of a stage that you do not know how far it extends and in which you feel insignificant and lost.

Click on the image to listen to the recordings:

With information from:

Video: Attenborough: the amazing Lyre Bird sings like a chainsaw! Now in high quality. BBC Earth (January 2021).