Birds Singing Other Birds' Songs
Author description: This work originated when I was invited to exhibit at the Medway Galleries. The most interesting features of the gallery were its high ceiling and three large windows, which I was inspired to use in the work. I wanted to explore kinetic typography, the animation of images and sound. I came across a transcription of birds' songs in the book The Thinking Ear. Suddenly, I was drawn to this transcription because of the similarities with the phonemes I was using in my other works. The repetitive aspect of letters and what looked like syllables reminded me of sound poems. So, I decided to ask some singers to sing their own interpretation of the transcriptions of the songs, in order to play with the interpretative process of these translations. Having been translated first from birds' song into linguistic interpretations, now the birdsongs would be re-interpreted by the human voice. The sounds that emerged from this study were later attached to the animated birds in the shape of calligrams. The outlines and letters of the text birds corresponded to the transcribed sound made by each bird, so making the birds sing their own visual-textual compositions. Nevertheless, the sound does not correspond to the real bird. The visual character of the typographical character was another important characteristic in the making of each individual bird, which leads to the matter of the materiality, virtuality, and movement of the letter. This work has shown an incredible versatility in reshaping itself into different forms of media and possibilities of presentation and thus of exploration.
(Source: Author's description from her site)
Instructions: To hear the sound, turn on the computer's speakers or plug in headphones. Click the buttons with the triangles to add one or more birds. To stop a bird, click the square button below the corresponding number.
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|Resource||Author||Teaching Resource Type||Year|
|Digital Poetry (English 3116)||Lori Emerson||Syllabus||2012|
|Digital Poetry and the Limits of Interpretation (ENGL 5559)||Lori Emerson||Syllabus||2010|
|Digital Storytelling (DTC 354)||Dene Grigar||Syllabus||2011|
|E-Lit Forums: Culture and Technology (Engl 214)||Brian Ganter||Exercise||2008|
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