15 Mar 2016

The Cacophony Project - Grant Ryan

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:16 pm on 15 March 2016
Tui on harakeke

Tui on harakeke Photo: Sid Mosdell / CC by 2.0

"It's literally a 'canary in the mine' type thing. If it's a healthy environment you hear lots of birds – if you don't, it's not."

The sound of the New Zealand dawn chorus is set to become louder if Grant Ryan has anything to do with it.

He's invented a Cacophonometer... or simply put, a bit of hardware that records sounds from the bush and sends the recordings to the cloud. It's part of The Cacophony Project, which aims is to help create a healthier ecosystem.

Grant Ryan spoke to Jesse Mulligan about his dream to spread digital ears all over the country:

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