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Rothenberg, David 1962-

Works: 55 works in 275 publications in 4 languages and 20,198 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  Conference papers and proceedings  Music 
Roles: Author, Performer, Editor, Other, Translator, Instrumentalist, Musician, Arranger
Classifications: QL698.5, 598.1594
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Rothenberg
Why birds sing : a journey through the mystery of bird song by David Rothenberg( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A musician and philosopher explores the science and art of bird song in a quest to determine if birds sing for other than sexual or territorial purposes
Thousand mile song : whale music in a sea of sound by David Rothenberg( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uses the enigma of whale sounds to examine the question of whether we can ever truly understand nonhuman minds
Survival of the beautiful : art, science, and evolution by David Rothenberg( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary new examination of the role that art and culture play in nature and the evolutionary process. Taking his inspiration from Charles Darwin's observation that birds have a natural aesthetic sense, Rothenberg dives into the mysteries of why we create art, and why animals, humans included, have innate appreciation for beauty. Sexual selection may explain why animals desire, but it says very little about what is desired. The beauty of nature is not arbitrary, even if random mutation and whim have played a part in evolution. Where does the diverse beauty of bird plumage come from? Why do different species of butterflies have different-and beautiful-patterns on their wings? What can we learn from the amazing range of animal aesthetic behavior? And what about the role of art in human evolution? Art is a part of life that has been around for millions of years, yet we rarely ask or explore why and how. Now is the time to find out where beauty comes from. Beauty has come from millions of years of the magic of evolution, and now it is time to let it find us. The evolution of artistry in the animal world can once again help us understand how beauty matters in the human world too"--Provided by publisher
Ecology, community, and lifestyle : outline of an ecosophy by Arne Nss( Book )

36 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ecology, Community and Lifestyle is a revised and expanded translation of Naess' book Okologi, Samfunn og Livsstil, which sets out the author's thinking on the relevance of philosophy to the problems of environmental degradation and the rethinking of the relationship between mankind and nature. The text has been thoroughly updated by Naess and revised and translated by David Rothenberg."
Bug music : how insects gave us rhythm and noise by David Rothenberg( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In listening to cicadas, as well as other humming, clicking, and thrumming insects, Rothenberg considers the radical notion that we humans got our idea of rhythm, synchronization, and dance from the world of insect sounds that surrounded our species over the millions of years over which we evolved. He explores insect influences in classical and modern music, plays his saxophone with crickets and other insects, and confers with researchers and scientists nationwide, making a passionate case for the interconnectedness of species
Beneath the surface : critical essays in the philosophy of deep ecology by Eric Katz( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A parliament of minds : philosophy for a new millennium( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hand's end : technology and the limits of nature by David Rothenberg( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing on water( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking both a scientific and philosophical approach to water in its myriad forms, this collection covers everything from resource management and protection to the profound mysteries of life's liquid, with stories, poems, essays, science writing, artwork, and photographs
The world and the wild( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new earth reader : the best of Terra Nova( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

And find out why filmmaker Errol Morris thinks that human dreamers are the most endangered species around."--Jacket
Is it painful to think? : conversations with Arne Nss by David Rothenberg( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Rothenberg shows us in this brief and enjoyable book that Naess's thought and influence range far beyond ecological philosophy. Naess's contributions to our understanding of the roots and resolution of the environment crisis are of primary interest here
Writing the future : progress and evolution( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wild ideas by David Rothenberg( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blending well-known and new voices, the volume surveys classical and romantic concepts of wilderness, from the scary to the sublime, and shows why neither serves us anymore
The book of music and nature : an anthology of sounds, words, thoughts by David Rothenberg( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some say music is the universal language. This couldn't possibly be true. Not everyone speaks it; not all understand it. And even those who do cannot explain what it says. No one knows how music speaks, what tales it tells, how it tugs at our emotions with its mixture of tones, one after another, above and below. You can be moved by music and have absolutely no idea what is going on. Language is not like that. You must be able to speak a language to know what is being said. Music is only in part a language, that part you understand when you learn its rules and how to bend those rules. But the rest of it may move us even though we are unable to explain why. Nature is one such place. It can mean the place we came from, some original home where, as Nalungiaq the Netsilik Eskimo reminds us, "people and animals spoke the same language." Not only have we lost that language, we can barely imagine what it might be. Words are not the way to talk to animals. They'd rather sing with us--if we learn their tunes without making them conform to ours. Music could be a model for learning to perceive the surrounding world by listening, not only by naming or explaining
Wisdom in the open air : the Norwegian roots of deep ecology by Peter Reed( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to Nordic deep ecological thought and its impact on the evolving worldwide environmental movement
Writing the world : on globalization( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sudden music : improvisation, sound, nature by David Rothenberg( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Music," said Zen patriarch Hui Neng, "is a means of rapid transformation." It takes us home to a natural world that functions outside of logic, where harmony and dissonance, tension and release work in surprising ways. Weaving memoir, travelogue, and philosophical reflection, Sudden Music presents a musical way of knowing that can closely engage us with the world and open us to its spontaneity." "Improvisation is everywhere, says David Rothenberg, and his book is a testament to its creative, surprising power. Linking in original ways the improvised in nature, composition, and instrumentation, Rothenberg touches on a wide range of music traditions, from Reb Nachman's stories to John Cage's aleatory. Writing not as a critic but as a practicing musician, Rothenberg draws on his own extensive travels to Scandinavia, India, and Nepal to describe from close observation the improvisational traditions that inform and inspire his own art." "The accompanying audio disc features eleven original compositions by Rothenberg, none previously released on CD. Included are a duet with clarinet and white-crested laughing bird and a duet with clarinet and Samchillian TipTipTip Cheeepeeeee, and electronic computer instrument played by its inventor, Leon Gruenbaum. Also featured are multicultural works blending South Indian veena and Turkish G-clarinet with spoken text from the Upanishads; a piece commissioned by the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival with readings of texts by E.O. Wilson accompanied by clarinet and electronics; and improvisations based on Tibetan Buddhist music, Japanese shakuhachi music, and the image of a black crow on white snow."--Jacket
Writing on air( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For centuries, humans have tried to master air. Sea captains rein it in with their sails, and pilots cut through it with their wings. We have machines to pump air into our lungs and computers to anticipate the movement of the winds. Air pervades everything we do and gives us life, yet it is impossible to capture. We can only evoke it through images, impressions, and feelings. This book offers a collage of such evocations expressed through prose, poetry, photography, and drawings"--Bookjacket
Always the mountains by David Rothenberg( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the past decade, David Rothenberg has emerged as one of our most eloquent observers of the interplay between nature, culture, and technology. These nineteen works exemplify what has been called Rothenberg's "amiable" mix of interests, styles, and approaches. He moves effortlessly among nature writing, Eastern and Western philosophy, and environmental advocacy. "Go against the grain of species," Rothenberg beckons to us, "and think for more than ourselves.""--Jacket
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Why birds sing : a journey through the mystery of bird song
Alternative Names
David Rothenberg Jazz Musician and Professor of philosophy and music

Rothenberg, David Benjamin 1962-

Дэвид Ротенберг

English (200)

Chinese (3)

German (2)

Italian (2)

Thousand mile song : whale music in a sea of soundSurvival of the beautiful : art, science, and evolutionEcology, community, and lifestyle : outline of an ecosophyBeneath the surface : critical essays in the philosophy of deep ecologyA parliament of minds : philosophy for a new millenniumHand's end : technology and the limits of natureWriting on waterThe world and the wild