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NEMO 024
year: 2008

project coordinator:Nick Robinson
mastering: Nick Robinson
artwork:Nick Robinson

The inspiration for this project came from my abiding fascination with birdsong. There was such interest (and discussion over group parameters!) that we decided to have a group using only the sound of birds (this CD) and another combining birds with human generated sounds, "Birds and Men".

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1 Steve Burnett 
stream track Sonar
Sooperlooper on Mac OS X for the initial samples plus half-speed and scratching, loop pedals (Akai Headrush E2, Digitech Jamman, Boss RC20 and RC20XL), and Moog Moogerfooger analog delays, MuRF, and FreqBox. Final result cleaned with Sound Soap and Audacity
4:41  4.40 
2 David Cooper Orton 
stream track Tails From Ornithologic Notions
The birds of Penarth, South Wales, recorded in local parks, gardens and streets, accompanied by passing observers, planes, cars, scaffolders and bottle banks.
Field recordings by DCO: September and October 2007. Selected, edited, repitched and mixed: November and December 2007. Essentially a vérité re-presentation of real-time recordings, overlapped and juxtaposed for a little additional narrative flavouring, and perhaps a sprinkling of non-diegetic inserts
6:00  5.63 
comment 10.02.2008: nick robinson (www.looping.me.uk)
  Once again David, you've provided my favourite track of the project. Quite why you aren't rich and famous yet is beyond me ;)
3 Nick Robinson 
stream track Careless Raptor
Various bird samples arranged and mastered using Ableton
3:52  3.36 
4 brekekekexkoaxkoax 
stream track On A Lark
Processed recordings of what I assume is the Sturnella Neglecta unearth tiny fragments on internal structure of birdsong
3:48  3.57 
5 Norelpref 
stream track Italian Gulls
Originally I had planned to feature audio of a variety of birds captured early in the morning at Zaca Lake, California. However, I used my miniDV camera to get the sounds and unfortunately I couldn't get rid of the slightly high-pitched hum of the camera itself! I tried all kinds of noise reduction and EQ tweaking but to no avail. So I went to the freesounds
project (http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/) and scored some samples of sea gulls taken in Italy,which I remixed and concatenated for my piece. Some of the warblings sounded like a human infant, which intrigued me
2:50  4.53 
6 Ronny Waernes 
stream track Four Birds
Recorded, processed, mixed during September 2007 to January 2008. resources: 1) a Vulture sound and a Mexican Parrot sound from www.grsites.com/sounds/birds001.shtml 2) a Red Watyll sound and a Say's Phoebe sound from www.partnersinrhyme.com/soundfx/PDsoundfx/birds.shtml No other sound sources are used
5:10  4.85 
7 Ben Powell 
stream track Mank - View From The Nest
All source sounds are recordings of birds, recorded to minidisc then manipulated beyond recognition on a PC
4:56  4.63 
8 Rick Williamson 
stream track I Send You to War
Pigeon Wings Sample courtesy of tigersound, taken from http://freesound.iua.upf.edu Improvised using a looper created in MAX/MSP
10:02  9.42 
9 Fastus 
stream track Ornomixicology
Live 7 / Cubase 4. Starting with various field recordings by Dominique Laloux (www.soundsnatural.be), I performed various transformations on samples of various sizes and re-assembled them into a fantasy soundscape. In this newly imagined context, the amiably chaotic choir of voices singing at and over one another momentarily respond to some mysterious influence that gives a subtly transpiring sense of drama to the setting
6:25  6.03 
10 Rinus Van Alebeek 
stream track She Came Back Twice
Marlène Dietrich came back to Germany twice; once after world war two, the second time as a bird in Wuppertal, chatting with Orson Welles who reincarnated as a tune played by an icecream vendor. Recorded with a dictaphone in the garden of the grlfrn.
2:08  2.00 

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