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Rothenberg, David 1962-

Works: 63 works in 332 publications in 2 languages and 22,885 library holdings
Genres: Nature sounds  Interviews  Conference papers and proceedings  Music  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Performer, Editor, Interviewer, Author of introduction, Translator, Instrumentalist, Other, Arranger
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Rothenberg
Why birds sing : a journey through the mystery of bird song by David Rothenberg( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,053 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 )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whale song is an astonishing world of sound whose existence no one suspected before the 1960s. Its discovery has forced us to confront the possibility of alien intelligence-not in outer space but right here on earth. Thoughtful, richly detailed, and deeply entertaining, Thousand Mile Song uses the enigma of whale sounds to open up whales' underwater world of sonic mystery. In observing and talking with leading researchers from around the globe as they attempt to decipher undersea music, Rothenberg tells the story of scientists and musicians confronting an unknown as vast as the ocean. His search culminates in a grand attempt to make interspecies music the likes of which no one has ever heard (until, that is, they listen to the accompanying CD), by playing his clarinet with whales in their native habitats, from Russia to Canada to Hawaii. [Publisher description]
Survival of the beautiful : art, science, and evolution by David Rothenberg( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 836 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 Næss( Book )

42 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and held by 819 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 )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 805 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 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 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 )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hand's End offers a radical new look at technology as the fundamental way in which we experience and define nature - the tool as humanity extended. Through history, says David Rothenberg, our view of the natural world has changed continually according to the new ways society has invented to use it. Tools extend our presence in the world while reconfiguring nature according to human understanding. As we extend the hand in different ways, we perceive anew whatever we touch. It changes, and so do we."--BOOK JACKET. "According to this subtle and original theory, the natural world cannot be meaningfully opposed to human civilization. Instead, we need to consider how many meanings nature has had in various periods and see it as a changing reflection of our perceived role in the world. This new perspective has profound consequences for both philosophy and ecology, which Rothenberg proceeds to elucidate by examining human inventions from the water wheel to the nuclear bomb and considering the ultimate goal each seems poised to reach. The discussion builds on previous theories of technology, including those of Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Marx, Heidegger, Mumford, and McLuhan."--BOOK JACKET. "Once we are aware of the limits of technology, Rothenberg argues, we need to temper technical innovation with ideals not generally associated with the development of machinery. We can use technique, not to oppose and master the natural world but to make it our home. This work is certain to provoke wide discussion among philosophers and cultural historians, as well as environmentalists, architects, engineers, futurists, planners, and all those concerned with how technology can find a place within the very nature it threatens to destroy."--BOOK JACKET
Is it painful to think? : conversations with Arne Næss by David Rothenberg( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in English and French and held by 373 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 on water by David Rothenberg( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 361 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 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a collection of the best essays, stories, and interviews from Terra Nova, the cutting-edge literary journal of nature and culture. It explores the complex and multifarious ways humanity is loose in the natural world. Find out who really wrote the famous Chief Seattle speech. Read why Jaron Lanier wants to turn us all into giant squid so we can talk to one another without language. Rick Bass travels to the country with the most grizzly bears per square mile: Romania. Gary Nabhan dreams of raven stew. Val Plumwood is half-swallowed by a crocodile and lives to tell the tale and affirm her vegetarianism. Charles Bowden enters Tuba Country in Mexico and struggles to find his way back across the border. Ray Isle fights with a wild turkey: see who wins
Sudden music : improvisation, sound, nature by David Rothenberg( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and held by 280 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 the future : progress and evolution by Wandee J Pryor( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wild ideas by David Rothenberg( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 249 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
Writing the world : on globalization by David Rothenberg( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wisdom in the open air : the Norwegian roots of deep ecology by Peter Reed( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[This book] traces the Norwegian roots of the strain of thinking called 'deep ecology, ' the search for the solutions to environmental problems by examining the fundamental tenets of our culture. Although Arne Naess coined the term in the 1970s, the insights of deep ecology actually reflect a tradition of thought that can be seen in the history of Norwegian culture, from ancient mountain myths to the radical ecoactivism of today."--Back cover
Writing on air( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 235 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 212 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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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Why birds sing : a journey through the mystery of bird song
Alternative Names
David Rothenberg Amerikaans jazzmuzikant

Rothenberg, David Benjamin 1962-

Дэвид Ротенберг

로텐버그, 데이비드 1962-

English (219)

French (3)

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 natureIs it painful to think? : conversations with Arne NæssWriting on water