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Set Up A Bird Band In Your Own Backyard!

There was an exhibit at a London gallery by French composer Celest Boursier-Mougenot.  The exhibit, entitle 'From Here To Ear,' was an aviary filled with zebra finches, electronic instruments, and various other sound-making objects that were all connected to an audio system.  It occurred to me that a smaller scale music palace could be created for wild birds in our own yards so we can have our own bird bands. 

 

Zebra finches make music at exhibit "From Here To Ear": image AFP/GETTY via Telegraph.co.ukZebra finches make music at exhibit "From Here To Ear": image AFP/GETTY via Telegraph.co.uk

 

Zebra finches make music at exhibit "From Here To Ear": image via The Wire, UKZebra finches make music at exhibit "From Here To Ear": image via The Wire, UK

 

Zebra finches make music at exhibit "From Here To Ear": image via The Wire, UKZebra finches make music at exhibit "From Here To Ear": image via The Wire, UK

 

The exhibit at London's Barbicon Center gave viewers and listeners insight into Boursier-Mougenot's compositions as his music is inspired by the sounds and rhythms of everyday life. The birds, who find their feed scattered in and around the instruments, just do what comes naturally to them, but they do seem to enjoy making rock sounds in particular.

 

 

Have any old stringed instruments?  If you do and you have some place to set them up outside your home, like a porch or balcony, put some feed and sticks on them and see if you can attract your own bird band.

 

That's the buzz for today!

 

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