January 21, 2022

Listen Online: A New Online Atlas of Natural Sounds of Montana and American West From Montana State University Library

From MSU:

The Montana State University Library is developing an atlas of natural sounds of Montana and the American West.

The library’s new Acoustic Atlas includes animal and environmental sounds of some of the West’s most iconic species and places, including the snorts of bison in Yellowstone National Park, the howls of grasshopper mice and the underwater calls of frogs, according to Jeff Rice, program director. The atlas is available for interested individuals to access online for free at http://acousticatlas.org.


Co-founded by Kenning Arlitsch, dean of the MSU Library, and Rice, a sound recordist based in Seattle, the Acoustic Atlas draws on the talents of MSU faculty librarians and staff who help organize and describe the sound files, develop and maintain the website, and provide the hardware and software that allows sounds to be streamed to users on the Internet.  Additional sound recordists and developing partnerships will allow the collection to grow into a resource for teaching and research, as well as for the community.


Audio recordists and researchers who are interested in collaborating with the library on the project are invited to contribute sounds at acousticatlas.org/contribute.

The project has seed funding from the MSU Library and the Willow Springs Foundation. Donations in support of the Acoustic Atlas may be made at acousticatlas.org/donate.

Direct to the Acoustic Atlas

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: A New Resource That ‘Sounds’ Amazing: “World’s Largest Natural Sound Archive Now Fully Digital and Online” (January 23, 2013)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.