Ben Mirin is a sound artist, educator, National Geographic Explorer, television host and keynote speaker. Known for his work as Ecotone, he leads expeditions around the world recording animal sounds for scientific research, and samples their voices to create music and art that inspires and educates the next generation of conservationists.
Ben is the creator and host of the digital and television series WILD BEATS on National Geographic Kids and Nat Geo Wild, and a Fellow at The Safina Center. He is a regular collaborator at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and was the 2016 Artist in Residence at the Bronx Zoo. You can watch his official TED talk below.
The Story Of A wildlife DJ
As a lifelong naturalist and musician, Ben combines his two passions to uncover and develop untold stories about nature through sound. He leads expeditions to record and catalog acoustic data from many of the planet's most endangered ecosystems, and works with artists, scientists, and documentarians to connect new audiences with the sounds of their own backyards.
Ben's work has been recognized with multiple grants from the National Geographic Society and previous art residencies at the Bronx Zoo, the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India and the Lurie Garden at the Chicago Art Institute. He is the recipient of the 2017 Scott Pearlman Field Award in Exploration from the Explorers Club, a two-time recipient of the Carl Safina Fellowship and Communicating Science Prize, and a four-time TED and TEDx speaker. His science writing has appeared in Slate.com, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American Online, Audubon Magazine Online, and other publications. When not on expedition, he lives in Brooklyn, NY.