The Music of Nature and the Nature of Music –
Thirteen million years ago, pied butcherbirds separated from the common Corvid ancestor and evolved a preference for song. It is reasonable to assume they have been creating music throughout that time (indeed, it is 250 million years since birds and mammals shared a common ancestor). The ancient lineage of the butcherbird reminds us that humans are new on the block vis-à-vis the invention and perception of melody. In spring, each bird performs nocturnal long songs of one to seven hours in duration. No two individuals sing alike, and songs transform annually with new variations and motives. Our task is not to “improve” on birdsong in our (re)compositions but to celebrate these musical achievements.
—Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose
Impressions of a musical adventure
By Susanne Fröhlich
Recordings on August 7/8/11, 2023 in Alice Springs.
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney and the Corrugations concert series generously supported Susanne and Meinrad in Central Australia for an artist residency on The Music of Nature and the Nature of Music. Luiz Gubeissi kindly loaned his double bass for the project.
Tonaufnahmen durch Jon Rose.
Editing, Mixing, Mastering mit Alexis Baskind.
Trailer von Johannes Hölker.