The Minutiae of Humpback Whale Calls

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Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg recently sat down for a public lecture with Laurie Anderson at the venerable Explorer’s Club in New York City.

In their conversation they discussed a wide variety of topics including the minutiae of the calls made by male humpback whale, whether or not music is a language and on exploring the edges of human culture through music. The entire proceedings have been preserved for posterity at Vimeo. If you want a diversion equal parts maritime and philosophy of culture, this hits the spot. (Video below.)


Katy Henriksen writes for Live Nation TV and is a classical music and arts producer at KUAF 91.3FM Public Radio. She's written about arts and culture for the Brooklyn Rail, New Pages, Oxford American, Paste, the Poetry Project Newsletter,Publishers Weekly, Venus Zine and others. You can keep up with her at @helloloretta or through helloloretta.tumblr.com. Katy is Music Editor Emeritus for The Rumpus. More from this author →