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Planet Birdsong is an inspirational concept of Peter Cowdray and team who visited us in 2013
to explore how birdsong could be used to help non verbal young adults. We later participated running the project in the local junior school.
We developed our own version of the project by issuing each participant with a parabolic reflector kit which they constructed and then used in the field with either a camcorder or zoom recorder and lavalier microphone.
Taking these recordings the students used them to compose music on apps or computer. A couple of these recordings stull survive . . .
By slowing the sound down the recording by a factor of 10 the 'tweet' sounds became audible 'sounds' in the human voice range and our students were encouraged to mimic these sounds. Once they learned to mimic the sound we recorded them and played this back at 10x speed to the birds -who would duly respond to the calls! Further creative work involved the spectrographs and multi track performances using the birdsongs themselves.
Project Birdsong is now available as a teacher pack and microphone kit 'ParaChirp' that is designed to facilitate birdsong recordings with no hi tech equipment needed. The Planet Birdsong team and a few of our own students have been testing these this spring .... and they work amazingly well.