PRINT May 1997


Recent research shows that dolphins are capable of humming melodies heard several days earlier. Sadly, this talent is coupled with a penchant for Mariah Carey and Bryan Adams. Reportedly, less brainy creatures, such as frogs, not only have better taste, they’ve got more rhythm, too.

Case in point: investigating the musical preferences of Swedish frogs, Henrik Håkansson felt sure he detected a predilection for ambient techno. To test his observation he organized a rave in a large marsh. While playing his favorite tracks, Håkansson noted that his animal friends responded with an enthusiasm equal to his own: their croaking actually rose and fell in time to the music. A starting point for Håkansson recent work, this experiment resulted most immediately in the installation Frog For e.s.t. (eternal sonic trance), 1995. A cross between a rain forest and a dimly lit disco, it consisted of a room

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