THE CONSERVATION OF SOUNDS WITH BEN MIRIN
Better known by his stage name, DJ Ecotone, Ben Mirin is a sound artist and television presenter who records wildlife and composes music from the sounds of nature.
This includes his own voice, since he is also an internationally recognized beatboxer. He is the host and co-creator of the television and web series Wild Beats on National Geographic Kids. Ben collaborates with biologists and explorers to gather sounds from some of the planet’s most threatened ecosystems, and makes music to engage people with the natural world to inspire conservation. He is currently working on tracks for his first album, and planning his next expedition as a Safina Fellow to record birds, frogs, lemurs and other wildlife in Madagascar.
Ben’s work has previously been recognized with a grant from the National Geographic Society, and artist residencies at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore and the Lurie Garden at the Chicago Art Institute. His music has been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, NPR, the BBC World Service, his two TEDx talks, The Guardian, and many other publications and broadcast networks. Ben holds a BA in English from Carleton College, and was previously a contributing science journalist for Slate, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, Audubon, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.