Bioacoustic Music Inspired by Biotremological Research

  • Matija Gogala
  • Boštjan PerovšekEmail author
Part of the Animal Signals and Communication book series (ANISIGCOM, volume 6)


This chapter is not about science. It tells about the natural phenomenon of insect tremulation, bioacoustics in a wider sense, and about sound, art, and music. During the 1st International Symposium on Biotremology, 5–7 July 2016 in San Michele, Italy, as part of the social program, appeared among others Slovenian musician Boštjan Perovšek with a musical performance. The performance entitled, “Bugs, a walrus and a door—Trento 16”, was inspired and composed mostly of original recordings of tremulation songs of bugs (Heteroptera), mixed with some underwater sounds of walrus and the recordings of a door creaking at the Vodnik Homestead in Ljubljana. Recordings of the bug tremulation songs originated from the laboratory of Matija Gogala (MG) at the Institute of Biology and Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, and later from the Slovenian Museum of Natural History. This chapter tells about the first meeting between Prof. Gogala and Mr. Perovšek, and by which circumstances the recordings of vibrational songs of bugs have become significant material for the so-called bioacoustic music of Boštjan Perovšek (BP). Explanations about “concrete” and “bioacoustics” music are also added in the chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Slovenian Academy of Sciences and ArtsLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.PreddvorSlovenia

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