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An app for hearing ocean sounds, both live and recorded.  Listen for whales, report dangerous noises, & help decode orca language.
An app for hearing ocean sounds, both live and recorded. Listen for whales, report dangerous noises, & help decode orca language.
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    Favorite calls of our local orcas

    Each of the three pods of our local salmon-eating killer whales has a favorite call. When you hear it, you can be sure you're listening to a member of J, K, or L pod. For this pledge you get a digital copy of our best recording of the three calls: S1 (J pod); S16 (K pod); & S19 (L pod).

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    Greatest hits of local orcas (2000-2017)

    Our favorite orca recordings from more than 15 years of listening to the Salish Sea and Northeast Pacific. For this amount you'll get a digital download of our best recordings of Southern Resident orcas, including examples of all of their different stereotyped calls, their whistles and echolocation clicks, as well as the percussive sounds they make by hitting the ocean surface with their bodies. You also get the 3 classic killer whale calls associated with the $10 pledge!

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    Greatest hits of Orcasound (2000-2017)

    Our favorite recordings from more than 15 years of listening to the Salish Sea and Northeast Pacific. For this amount you'll get not only the orca sounds from the lower pledge levels, but also a digital download of other amazing marine sounds, including: humpbacks of Haro Strait; transient killer whales; harbor seals; and a collection of other rare and unusual sounds, both biological and human-made.

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    Early access to our new app

    At this level you'll get an invitation to be first to try out our new listening app this summer when the southern resident killer whales return to the Salish Sea where our live hydrophones are located. No more waiting for a listening seat to open up! And your feedback may improve the app before its public release. Plus, while you're listening for them, you can play your digital collection of our greatest hits. (In June, you'll get all the recordings associated with lower pledge amounts.)

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    Founders package

    1x Limited edition black Southern Residents Orca T shirt.

    1x Your name in the “Founders“ section of the website

    1x Making of Orcasound: an annoated digital booklet of our research, design process, sketches and ideas about the app

    Best of Orcasound + beta access

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    Influencer package

    Join our Slack and Influencer-only channels and shape our beta product. You’ll be part of our creative process create the app!

    1x Limited edition black Southern Residents Orca T shirt

    1x Founders card on in the founders section

    1x Making of Orcasound

    Best of Orcasound + beta access

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    Learn how loud your boat is underwater

    At this level you'll have the option of driving your (or your friend's) boat past one of our hydrophones on the west side of San Juan Island. We'll make a calibrated measurement of how loud it is underwater (its "source level") and give you a written report that compares it to other types of vessels and common sounds in the Salish Sea -- both in terms of broadband noise level and spectrum levels. You'll also receive all the digital downloads associated with the pledge levels from $10-100 when they are disbursed earlier in the summer.

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    Personal tour of the hydrophone system

    At this level, you'll have the option of visiting one of our hydrophone locations (whichever is most convenient or interesting to you) where Scott or Val will give you a personal tour of the hardware and teach you to get the most out of the new app. You'll also receive all the rewards of the lower pledge levels when they are disbursed earlier in the summer.

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    Deploy a hydrophone system

    At this level, you'll have the option of getting your hands wet with the Orcasound team (led by Scott and Val) as we install new hydrophones this summer or fall (at a location TBD in the Salish Sea). We'll lower the hydrophones from a boat, run cable through the intertidal zone, and connect it all to the Internet. You'll also receive all the rewards of the lower pledge levels when they are disbursed earlier in the summer.

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