Project Birdsong -
Project Birdsong is an activity where participants record local birds using their smart phones and go on to process the audio to produce two things:
1. a sound track from which to identify characteristics of the birdsong that identify it as unique (as an individual) cross referencing with other recordings to determine if the bird has a regional accent and then to process the recording as little as possible for the purposes of archiving.
2. a sound sample as a starting point for creativity through the use of technology.
Work with young adults.
This project came to us courtesy of 'Lapwing' in Suffolk who commissioned 'The Goldfinch foundation' to work with young adults all of whom were non verbal, ie they had barriers to expressing themselves in speech. We were commissioned to host and facilitate the project at Brockford Barn. The project involved slowing Birdsong sound down by a factor of 10 so that the 'tweet' sounds became audible 'sounds' in the human voice range. The students were encouraged to mimic these sounds. Once they learned to mimic the sound we recorded them and played this back at 10x speed so that their voice tracks were indistinguishable from the original bird track. This was great fun!
Further creative work that we developed ourselves was the Parachirp device. We also developed multi track recording activities for children using their birdsongs recordings as well as creation of 3D artifacts from the wave form of each bird call.
Time & Space Projects
1. ParaChirp - assemble and customise a parabolic reflector to use at home
2. Create music using computers and your own birdsong recordings
3. Create artifacts using laser cutting.
Ulva Ferry - Multiple Birds. Tracks normal speed and slow.
These recordings are from our friends Jamie and Louise Chauvet in Ulva Ferry, Isle of Mull: