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Outside/In Presents: The Whalesong Workshop

Humpback whales drifting in the blue ocean
Katy Payne
After first hearing tape of humpback whales in 1967, scientists Katy and Roger Payne were "so moved that our lives were completely changed forever," says Katy.

In 1967, Katy Payne and her husband Roger Payne were some of the first people to hear recordings of humpback whale song — and the album they released three years later, Songs of the Humpback Whale, became the best-selling environmental album in history. Now Katy is sharing what she’s learned from 50 years of whalesong observation with a group of Canadian musicians, inviting them to learn from and collaborate with whales.

Credit Nocturne Festival
Nature, whether the forest or the sea, inspires New Brunswick-based composer and trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud.

This story comes to us from Radio Canada's The Doc Project. It was edited by Acey Rowe and produced by Veronica Simmonds. You can learn more about The Whalesong Workshop on their website.

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