Ben Mirin is an artist, explorer, acoustic researcher, keynote speaker and media personality.
He is the creator and host of the digital series WILD BEATS on National Geographic Kids and Nat Geo Wild, a Fellow at The Safina Center, and was last year's Artist in Residence at the Bronx Zoo. He is a National Geographic Explorer, a volunteer bird guide, and a natural sounds recordist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. You can watch his TED talk below.
What is a wildlife DJ?
A lifelong naturalist and musician, Ben travels the world recording animal sounds and sampling them to create music that connects people to nature. He leads expeditions to record and catalog acoustic data from many of the planet's most endangered ecosystems, and works with musicians, scientists, and documentarians to engage new audiences in conservation. His music is based on the way animal voices have evolved, and celebrates their innate musicality:
"Animal voices have evolved over millions of years to occupy different acoustic niches in an ecosystem, so as not to compete with one another. As a producer, that means my instruments are already mixed, so instead of being a solo musician I get to be a messenger for the finely tuned orchestras of the natural world."
Ben's work has been recognized with multiple grants from the National Geographic Society and previous art residencies at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore and the Lurie Garden at the Chicago Art Institute. His science writing has appeared in Slate.com, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American Online, Audubon Magazine Online, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.