Monday, April 28, 2008

Howla Back Y'all.

The NY Times Reports on March 19, 2008:

I. Enter the Creature on the Page, possessed of Human Doubt

["BOZEMAN, Mont. — The long, lonely howl of a wolf shatters the early morning stillness. But is it real? Beginning this June, it might be hard to tell, even for the wolves."]

II. Enter the Recording Registry (or, the positing of the tool)
["One of the most famous sounds in nature is going digital. Under a research project at the University of Montana in Missoula, scientists are betting that the famous call-and-response among wolves can be used to count and keep track of the animals."]
III. Enter the Apparatus of Capture
["Tricked by technology, scientists say, wolves will answer what amounts to a roll call triggered by a remotely placed speaker-recorder system called Howlbox. Howlbox howls, and the wolves howl back. Spectrogram technology then allows analysis that the human ear could never achieve — how many wolves have responded, and which wolves they are."]
IV. Enter the Regulatory Morphology: Citizenry
[“With audio software, we’ll be able to identify each wolf on a different frequency, so we can count wolves individually, kind of like a fingerprint,” said David Ausband, a research associate at the University of Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, where Howlbox was developed."]Photobucket

One of the most misconceived sounds in nature is getting recorded. Under a posthuman census commission at the University of Montana in Missoula, scientists are wagering that the notoriously vocal utterances among wolves can be exchanged via audio-metric alteration technologies, for a useful adaptation that will allow wolves to be regulated like the substratum of citizens.

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