We are best known for conducting musical communication projects with free-swimming whales and dolphins. Certain species of cetaceans clearly communicate with one another through whistles, songs, and echolocation clicks. At its simplest, a communication with cetaceans through music encourages a call-and-response between species based on a sharing of tones and rhythms in which both parties understand the common drift. It's a band comprised of two different species.
To communicate with another species means learning to operate on animal time, the difference between all that is static and all that is dynamic, between domination and equanimity, the distinction between dissonance and harmony.
An audience can become just as involved in the experience as the players. People listening to recordings of IC events, whether with orcas, belugas, pilot whales, humpback whales, wolves, or even with turkeys, get the chance to make up their own minds if the common ground exists. If the groove is happening, you simply hear it.
This work is sometimes described as avant-garde art. In reality, there's nothing much avant-garde about it. Traditional tribes have been creating art and conducting ceremony with animals since before history. Consider our work an update for troubled times.
So what's on this site?
There's a library with over 60 book reviews and many pieces of writing from our newsletter, now in its 22nd year of publication.
There are descriptions of various field projects to communicate with orcas, beluga whales, humpbacks, and many other species in places all over the world including Japan, Arctic Russia, The Canary Islands, and Alaska.
We're a non-profit organization with members in many countries. Check out the members page if you'd like more info on how to join or buy our books and tapes.
We're working on an audio database of whale calls and interspecies music. Right now, you can listen to a 30 second excerpt from Orcas Greatest Hits, An underwater exchange between two orcas and an electric guitarist. Data is in .wav-format and 300 Kb. Or you can hear a brief test sound of 20 Kb .
Because we are an integral part of the Lycos Virtual Library, you can do a search of our entire site, using keywords, phrases. and either/or statements.