birdsong & guitar

Been working away trying to get more birdsong out of the guitar in recent months.

Inspired through mainly listening to what goes on in the gardens behind and around our flat, listening and playing along, listening and drawing. Also Gary Smiths work is really interesting here and definitely worth checking out here.

There was an interesting programme on radio 3 about composers and birdsong recently, its on the iplayer for a few more days, listen here while you can.

Makes for intriguing listening but has always been abit of a mystery to me how unlike birdsong most classical works inspired by birdsong is! Messiaen of course has the best go at it in my opinion but constricts himself with 12 tones.

Final note on birds, great performance at the Bristol live art show me and Bekke played at on saturday from Emma Bennett who used cadences and rhythms form birdsong as the basis for her verbal descriptions of the birds.


Birds in Manchester Springtime

Have seen a much larger selection of birds in Manchester this Spring than I ever remember seeing before. Possibly to do with now living nearer to trees but possibly not, as the more interesting ones (the wagtail and chaffinches) were spotted near a dirty bit of the Medlock and a carpark behind the Palace hotel in town!

Thrush (Woodlawn Court, Whalley Range)

Blackbird (Woodlawn Court, Whalley Range)

Blue Tit (Woodlawn Court, Whalley Range)

Jay (Woodlawn Court, Whalley Range)

Magpie (Everywhere)

Seagull (Everywhere)

Wood Pidgeon (Woodlawn Court, Whalley Range)

Crow (Woodlawn Court, Whalley Range)

Wren (Redbricks, Hulme)

Robin (Redbricks, Hulme)

Yellow Wagtail (in river Medlock behind Palace Hotel)

Goldfinch (carpark behind Palace Hotel)

Mallard (in canal near Piccadilly station)

Dirty Pidgeons (Everywhere)

Canada Geese (Alexandria Park, Moss Side/Whalley Range)

Swans (Alexandria Park, Moss Side/Whalley Range)