Bush Soundscapes from Burkina Faso

During my apprenticeship of hunting in Burkina Faso, I realised how important is the acoustic perception of the bush environment for a hunter. Learning to recognise the sounds produced by animals, on the one hand, and to minimise your own noise while walking are skills I acquired gradually, through practice. I gathered here some recordings that point to this relevance of sound thanks to the voices of the birds, the rustling of leaves, the steps of a hunter on different grounds. They even account for the increasing anthropisation of the bush through the invasive acoustic presence of cows, that according to the hunters chase wild animals away with their noise.

Recorded with Rode NT-55 in Sound Devices MixPre to Sony Pcm-D50 recorder.