A New Kind of Birdsong

We know that attention to the natural world can open our eyes to new ways of seeing.  Have a look at this lovely little one minute video.  The creator, Brazilian artist Jarbas Agnelli, says, “Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.”

Original enough for me, in spite of the artist’s protestations, and a reminder, in a society focused on the visual, to listen in ways I’ve never even thought of.  But I can’t definitively identify these birds in silhouette.  Any good South American birders to help me out?  I’m thinking an Icterid, perhaps the Shiny Cowbird?

Meanwhile–Peace, love, and birdsong.

5 Comments

  1. liz kohenberg

    this is so beautiful .. and what an interesting way to see the pattern of birds on the wires. I will be trying to sing those patterns the rest of my life, I think.

    Surprising how harmonic this was, no dissonance in the chords.

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