My work in the media
Here you can find my main interviews in written press, television, and radio.
Uruguay's blind 'bird man' can identify 3,000 bird sounds
His ability to recognize and record nature's sounds has landed him jobs working for documentary soundtracks.
The achievement was possible thanks to early music training and his perfect pitch. Alicia Munyo, who heads the phonology department at Uruguay's Republica University, says that perfect pitch has more to do with the brain than the ear: “It's not that these people hear more, they hear the same as anyone else,” said Munyo. "It's that their brain has a great capacity to interpret sounds and their nuances, much more than normal people do."
The Man Who Sees Birds in Another Way - Avianca Magazine
Juan Pablo Culasso is blind from birth, but he is one of the few bird watchers capable of identifying nearly 3,000 songs from 720 different species.
Juan Pablo Culasso: Extreme perseverance
Juan Pablo's discography is made up of twelve discs that contain sounds from the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, the Amazon jungle, the west and south of Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, California and Minnesota (United States). Some of his work can be heard on his website or purchased through iTunes or CD Baby.
Puts music to the wings
Imagine being at home, work, school or driving your car and listening to the sounds of birds and the countryside? ... The compact disc prepared by Juan Pablo Culasso, a Uruguayan expert in zoophony (sounds of nature), will allow you to do it.
Juan Pablo Culasso, the man of absolute pitch and invisible sounds
They say that when we lack one of our senses, others are heightened in unusual ways. But Juan's case is the product of two coincidences, one caused him to be born blind, another allowed him to have super hearing.
'Superbrain' taught kids to identify bird sounds
Juan Pablo Culasso, 'the most brilliant mind in Latin America' for his ability to recognize sounds and identify bird species, was in Ibagué as part of the Tolima Bird Festival.
Juan Pablo Culasso: the blind young man who can identify more than 3,000 bird sounds
Today we want to introduce Juan Pablo Culasso to the outstanding Uruguayan birdwatcher who has recorded the sound of more than 700 birds around the world and who will arrive in Chile at the end of October to participate in the VII South American Bird Fair.
Juan Pablo Culasso, the man who listens to the color of birds
He says he has been listening to the chirping of birds for most of his life. Which identifies three thousand sounds of more than seven hundred different species. And it is true. This talent not only led him to win the Latin America Superbrains contest in 2014, but also allows him to travel the world collecting the sounds of nature.
The story of the Uruguayan blind person who recognizes birds by their song
Juan Pablo Culasso will come to the Bird Fair to teach Caleños to see more than their plumage, their song. One of the most impressive sounds that he has recorded in his life, he found it in Colombia. He was in a cave in Río Claro, Antioquia, when he heard the guácharos and had the feeling that he had returned millions of years in the time machine.
Birds seen with the eyes of the soul
Sensitivity, knowledge and dedication allow Juan Pablo Culasso to recognize the sounds of nature. Today he participates in Risaralda Bird Festival 2018 ... This week, in addition to being a lecturer at the Risaralda Bird Festival, he will walk the trails of the Otún Quimbaya Fauna and Flora Sanctuary to record the song of the Pied Piper for the first time.
Juan Pablo Culasso
Nature recordist / sound designer inspires while capturing birdsong and soundscapes with the 788T. Whether enduring South America's extreme heat or frigid mountain air, nature recordist Juan Pablo Culasso always sets out to capture high-quality unique bird sounds and soundscapes. Blind since birth, the 29-year-old Uruguayan-born Culasso has a unique perspective on sound recording.
A map of natural sounds that disappear "at a very high and alarming rate"
Juan Pablo Culasso, a Uruguayan with perfect pitch who won the National Geographic “Super Brains” contest in 2014, made the Natural Sound Map of Uruguay. The album, now available on Spotify, brings together sounds of nature captured in various parts of the country, at different times of the day. Culasso is blind and won the National Geographic contest with the recognition of bird species by their sounds alone.
Only in Colombia is it possible to hear a hundred birds in a day, says Uruguayan expert
Uruguayan Juan Pablo Culasso, blind from birth and specialist in recording sounds of nature, has concentrated in recent years on recording bird songs.
Recording the sounds of nature to monitor biodiversity in Paraguayan reserve
In cooperation with Juan Pablo Culasso, IUCN NL partner organization Guyra Paraguay registered nature sounds in Los Tres Gigantes reserve in the Parguayan Pantanal. The recordings make a valuable addition to the biodiversity database of the reserve.
"I have memorized the sounds of almost a thousand species of birds"
"I would not imagine doing anything else in my life," says Uruguayan Juan Pablo Culasso (31), blind from birth and bird watcher who has been recording and recognizing the songs of hundreds of species for 15 years. "Listening to them gives me supreme peace and tranquility," he says. He confesses that he has even cried with emotion when he found an elusive bird to detect.
The blind Uruguayan who identifies more than 700 species of birds by their sounds
I am self-taught because in Latin America there is still a lot of discrimination against people with disabilities, it is a fact and it is sad. Being blind they limit you to a few professions such as Psychology, Law or Philosophy. When you want to have a career that is not common, that is not part of the status quo for blind people, a lot of obstacles appear. But that has not made me give up my goals. It is true that the path to reach the goal is longer, but meeting the goal is really a great satisfaction.
The story of the young blind man who has the ability to recognize the song of three thousand birds
Juan Pablo Culasso managed to turn his blindness into a tool to develop another capacity: he has the ability to recognize the song of some 3,000 species of birds. He has managed to turn his blindness into a tool to develop that capacity. Juan Pablo assures us that we all have that capacity but we have it asleep. He defines himself as a sound engineer of nature, especially birds. He is one of the few blind observers of nature and today he lectures around the world.
What does Iguazú sound like?
Now more than ever the sounds of nature are healing. Forget what you see. Do not get distracted. We are going to the Iguazú jungle, in the Argentine province of Misiones, and what you will hear when you finish reading was recorded by one of the most respected sound engineers in the world and one of the greatest experts on birds in South America. Juan Pablo Culasso, born in Uruguay 29 years ago, is able to identify around 720 species of birds, solely and exclusively by their songs.
Blind young man practices bird watching and can identify them by their song
Juan Pablo Culasso is a young Uruguayan who was born blind but that hasn't stopped him from enjoying bird watching. Culasso has the incredible ability to recognize the song of birds and thus be able to discover what species it is. The observer has more than 4,000 South American bird melodies in memory and is capable of recognizing at least 1,500 different species.
The only blind birdwatcher in the world launches the first sound map of Uruguay
Uruguayan and currently based in Colombia, Juan Pablo Culasso regrets that the "Uruguay Natural" does not go beyond a title. At the end of April, Juan Pablo published the first Natural Sound Map of Uruguay, a work in which he invested a lot of time and effort.
Juan Pablo Culasso is passionate about the sounds of birds. In order to record them, he traveled to the Pantanal. As a result of that experience, he presented two record materials: Sounds of the Pantanal, with bird songs, and Soundscapes.
Present Time Program
Uruguay National Radio Interview
Butterfly Effect Program: The Bird Maker
Interview with the program Don't Touch Anything 2014
Juan Pablo Culasso, NatGeo Superbrains winner
Interview Radio Camera Brazil
Traveling through Brazil Program - Paisagens sonoros - Pantanal
Radio Caracol interview program A Vivir Que Son Dos Días
Standout People Section - Colombia
Interview program Do not touch anything 2016
Juan Pablo Culasso travels to Antarctica
In Perspective program interview
Blind Uruguayan who travels through Antarctica to record its soundscape.
Interview with Radio Nacional de Colombia
Seeing through the ears - Sound File.
Other Words program interview
History of my career.
Interview Radio Caracol program A Vivir Que Son Dos Días 2018
Standout People Section - from the Lagos de Menegua Bioreserve, Meta, Colombia - Production of the Bird Sounds Library.
Radio Todelar interview program Nuestro Oxygen 2016
Specialized program on environmental issues, interview conducted during the visit to the city of Cali for the Colombi Birdfair 2016.
Radio Ambulante NPR interview: 240 BIRDS
Latin American stories in audio, podcast. Produced by Nausícaa Palomeque and Martina Castro from Uruguay: Juan Pablo Culasso was born blind but sees things that others will never be able to. Read the full Spanish transcript here . Read the English translation here .
Watch a video with English subtitles here .