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Opera (birds) – by jimpalt.org/

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Info This is a computer program that plays bird sound. The bird sound follows some of the laws of nature and is also affected by the position of the sun. The composition is partly random. The singing comes from birds that are site specific and from birds that have been selected on esthetical grounds. This is an opera that will go on 24 hours a day and could be heard in central Gothenburg 7/5-22/5 -05. It try to show the nature at the specific place were the art piece is shown. The piece is also shown at a computer inside the gallery and online.

http://jimpalt.org/
http://jimpalt.org/JIMPALT.ORG/admin/files_htm/birds_info.htm#

Birdcasting II

http://wiki.envirocasting.net/wiki/Birdcasting_Bibliography#Black_Bird

Mating Call Ringtones

http://www.textually.org/ringtonia/archives/cat_animal_tones.htm

From the Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1034151/Blackbird-mimic-sound-ambulances-siren-makes-familys-life-hell.html

Parrot

Original Story in Sun

! Pretty Annoying Polly

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article555133.ece http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article553292.ece

A mobile phone ringtone mimicking parrot!

http://newsagency.thecheers.org/World-news/news_2764_A-mobile-phone-ringtone-mimicking-parrot.html

Parrot mimics polly-phonic phone

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/565/1015565/parrot-mimics-polly-phonic

UK thread on message board

http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forums/british-birds/9132-car-alarm-bird.html

Article from the Inquirer

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/198/1008198/birds-think-they-are-mobile-phones

England via Denmark

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/05/11/birds_sing_mobile_phone_tunes/

Starlings (Good Metaphors)

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/now-birds-brag-by-mimicking-mobiles-685142.html

Now birds brag by mimicking mobiles

By Chris Gray

Friday, 18 May 2001

 

The irritation is about to get worse. Already inescapable on the train, at the restaurant and in the office, the sound of a mobile phone ringing is about to destroy the peace hitherto offered by a country walk.

The irritation is about to get worse. Already inescapable on the train, at the restaurant and in the office, the sound of a mobile phone ringing is about to destroy the peace hitherto offered by a country walk.

Male British birds have taken to mimicking the noise made by mobile phone ringtones. And not unlike the first human mobile users, their noise is all to do with bragging about their success and attracting the opposite sex.

The phenomenon has been noticed mainly among starlings ­ distant relatives of the mynah bird ­ and song thrushes, although the blackbird and the marsh warbler are not immune.

Mike Everett, a spokesman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, said birds had long imitated man-made sounds, from the human whistle to car brakes screeching.

“Birds have always imitated mechanical and electronic sounds. Not all of them do it but some are great mimics. About 10 per cent of a starling’s song is mimicry.

“The better they are at a varied song and puffing their chest out, the better they will be at holding their territory and finding a mate. It is a macho thing really,” he said.

Mr Everett said the development could help bird populations if it encouraged more breeding. It would be particularly beneficial for starlings whose population has fallen by about 50 per cent.

There is some relief: the more intricate ringtones are unlikely to be copied by birds, as their range is restricted to more simple tunes.

Picking a Unique ringotne just got much harder

http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/science/06/12/birds.cellphones.ap/index.html

 

Found article on birds imitating ringtones

Birds in Copenhagen are giving new meaning to the phrase “bird calls.” 

taken from:
http://news.cnet.com/2100-1033-257826.html 

Danish ornithologists say that birds, especially Starlings, have begun incorporating the sound of a ringing cellular phone into their own songs. So far, reports of wireless warbling have been restricted to Copenhagen, where birds seem to favor Nokia’s classic ring tone.

Birds imitating sounds produced by technology is nothing new. They choose simple tunes to reproduce. The standard ring tone on a phone usually comprises any combination of nine tones. And the tunes themselves don’t typically contain harmonies, which are made by playing multiple musical tones at the same time.

Usually, birds copy what they hear the most. Birds in rural areas have added the sound of horses whinnying, lawn mowers and even chainsaws to their repertoires. In cities, birds have added car alarms, the warning beep of a truck backing up and police sirens to their calls, experts say.

Ornithologists expect birds in other cities where cell phone penetration is high to begin adding ring tones to their tunes.

Imagine the possible confusion, says Andrew Smith, spokesman for London-based Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. A single ringing phone can already cause a room of mobile phone owners to reach for their pockets.

A few Starlings armed with a Nokia tune crowing on a crowded city block “could bring a place like San Francisco to a stand still,” Smith said.

Starlings, which are found in many areas of the world, in addition to mockingbirds, catbirds, brown thrashers and others, constantly look for new tunes for their songs, which are sung to attract the opposite sex, experts say.

The longer the song, the more macho the bird appears to be, according to Allison Wells, director of outreach for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

“It makes the males who sing that much more attractive,” she said.

But if some mischievous bird manages to indeed force an entire city sidewalk of pedestrians to check on their phones, there is some revenge on the way.

Companies have started offering bird calls as ring tones, Smith said.

“I wonder what would happen if these birds hear those ring tones and think it’s a potential mate,” Smith said.

 

 

 

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Please, Please, Pleased to Meet’cha

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Soundtracks, solar panels and speakers mounted to trees, commission for Wave Hill’s Generated@WaveHill summer series, Wave Hill, the Bronx.

Wave Hill, a 28-acre park/garden in the Bronx, commissions a public piece each year for the grounds as part of their program called “Generated@WaveHill.” In summer 2006, I made a sound piece that was installed in six of the trees on the grounds. It stemmed from my interest in birdsong, which has to be one of the most elusive sounds to describe. Trying to do so stretches both our linguistic and visual descriptive systems, and poses a very unique translation problem. Please, Please, Pleased to Meet’chaconsists of sound systems, installed into six trees on the Wave Hill grounds, with human voices vocalizing birdsong. In choosing the human voices, two things became important. I wanted to work with people who knew nothing about birds. I also wanted them to have a deep engagement with translation, so I put out a “Call for Participants” to the translators and interpreters at the United Nations. None of the “voices” I worked with had previously heard the particular birds they were vocalizing. Their performances were interpretive, generative acts: spot translations that were performed without previous familiarity with the materials. A birding guide, available at each tree, reproduced the materials that the voices had worked from so that a listener could compare interpretations.

Go to http://www.wavehill.org/arts/nina_katchadourian.html to hear sound excerpts