Published on 21 October 2022
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Plight of disappearing humpback whale illustrated with sound

Driven by the observation that human activities are silencing nature, Dr Matthew Agarwala and Dr Ewan Campbell are using sound to convey the enormity of biodiversity loss – and help draw attention to what must be done to help species recover.

“Over the past century, we have seen nearly a million species pushed to the brink of extinction – nature is going quiet. Researchers – including me – have been sounding the alarm about the consequences of biodiversity loss for a long time, but the message isn’t landing. Music is visceral and emotional, and grabs people’s attention in ways that scientific papers just can’t.”

– Dr Matthew Agarwala, Bennett Institute for Public Policy

Media coverage

ARS Technica, Cambridge 105 Radio, Classical Cambridge Radio (10:05s),, Eurasia Review, Forbes, ludwig-van Toronto, The Orkney News, University of Cambridge, Whats New2Day, ZME Science

Hawaii News Now

Press releases

Hebrides Overture’s disappearing notes highlight plight of Humpback whales

Make some noise: nature is going quiet

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