Making birdsong music

Making birdsong music

ABC Australia

PhD student Jean-Michel Maujean is recording the melodic calls of Australian songbirds and transforming them into classical compositions.

Jean-Michel spends days at a time camping in Western Australia’s remote forests, recording the tuneful chirps of species like the Golden Whistler and Noisy Scrub Bird. He used specialist equipment like a parabolic dish to capture high quality recordings of distant birdsong, which is then fed into a 3D Spectrogram. This computer software creates a visual representation of the birdsong, which Jean-Michel uses as a compositional and performance aid. Later this year the finished compositions will be performed at a recital using instruments made by Jean-Michel, including 3D printed flutes and a ‘PV Cello’. Jean-Michel says birdsong first originated in Australia, so the project is a celebration of a home-grown phenomenon. “Some people think there’s no new music anymore, that all ideas have been used up, so I figure let’s look at the birds and see what they have to say about that because there’s plenty of new ideas that we can come up with,” he says.

Chunks of vocabulary to learn from video

  • It’s been recognised that
  • First evolved
  • The rich biodiversity
  • Locally and recorded birdsong
  • Music creation
  • I am studying a PhD (A doctorate or doctor’s degree – [from Latin doctor, “teacher”] or doctoral degree
  • Performing Arts
  • Out in the field
  • Recording birds
  • These various tools that I can employ
  • Somewhere in the distance
  • Clean music like sound
  • Squawk or Quack
  • I’m also open to recommendations
  • Bird species
  • Make a recording
  • Send it through
  • Pitch up a tent
  • It’s a way to look at sound
  • Play music
  • Sing along with birds
  • All ideas have been used up
  • And what not
  • New ideas we can come up with

Take a fantastic voyage with Photoshop

Take a fantastic voyage with Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 

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Growing portraits with grass

Growing portraits with grass

[Great big story]

“Grass is something that most of us take for granted. We walk all over it, we lay on it and sometimes mow it down. Few appreciate grass the way Dan Harvey and Heather Ackroyd do. And yet their art can stop you in your tracks. By manipulating the natural processes that fuel life itself, these British artists blur the line between science, nature and art, all while drawing attention to climate change.” Read more about the artists HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Grass is something we take for granted
  • We walk all over it
  • We don’t give it much thought
  • The magic of seeing them in print
  • Come to life and grow
  • Blur the lines between science, nature and art
  • Mega flooding scenarios
  • Severe weather events are happening
  • Time and time again
  • Increasingly more frequently
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Climate change
  • It was within our sight
  • Photosynthesis
  • We work with the seed
  • Germinate their seeds for about two weeks
  • The image develops over the period of weeks
  • We grow the grass vertically
  • The studio space
  • We turn it into a darkroom
  • The only light that the grass receives
  • Projected negative image
  • It produces more of the chlorophyll, more of the green pigment
  • The equivalent to a black and white photograph
  • But in tones of green to yellow
  • We can work really really large-scale
  • The resolution phenomenal
  • It’s part of a process of discovery
  • The mediums you work with
  • Part of our palette and materials that we play with
  • They can last indefinitely
  • When you can put the lights out
  • Someone who cares passionately about what they’re doing
  • I’m still a bit taken aback by all this grass

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Make a difference

Make a difference

[Great big story]

“In Bishopville, South Carolina, Pearl Fryar is a local gardening legend. When he first moved to the small town in the 1980s, he was almost unable to build his house because neighbors feared that as an African American, he wouldn’t keep up his yard. Determined to dispel that stereotype, Fryar went on to win “Yard of the Month” from the local garden club. Since then, he’s created a world-renowned topiary garden with more than 300 plants, most of which were rescued from the compost pile of a local nursery.”

Visit Pearl’s garden HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

• A man named Pearl

• The local garden club

• I wouldn’t keep up the yard

• A stereotype

• The person who made that statement

• You can’t judge people by one person

• Throwaways from a recycling bin

• A local nursery

• It’s all pretty well done organically

• He opened it up to the public

• People come from all over the world to see it

• So simple and make an impact

• The garden is about love

• Love, peace and goodwill

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Green with happiness

Green with happiness

[Great big story]

“Everything in Elizabeth Sweetheart’s life is green. From her bright green hair, to her self-dyed green overalls, the New York City artist has earned her moniker, “the Green Lady.” Elizabeth was inspired to wear green after an emotional trip to Florida with her father. Today, she continues to uphold the tradition because of the joy it brings those around her.”

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • It is pretty green
  • I’m quite green
  • A green kitchen countertop
  • Green knobs
  • The front door
  • I wanted to be an artist
  • I started wearing green when my dad invited me to visit Florida
  • We hadn’t really connected
  • Aqua green
  • Deep rich green
  • A lucky day
  • The way I dress makes other people smile
  • Can I have a selfie with you
  • As you get older you realize color is so much fun
  • It’s so positive
  • I’ll change to my next favorite thing



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That’s smart

That’s smart

[News Corp Australia]


Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • If cities were smarter, then life in cities would be better
  • IBM create ads with a purpose
  • A simple curve
  • We gave advertising a new function
  • Smart ideas
  • With a message that inspires
  • Move your ideas forward
  • Join the conversation



Let your imagination run wild

Let your imagination run wild

DW English

Vocabulary to learn after watching video :

  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
  • Food Artist
  • She lets her imagination run wild on her breakfast plate
  • You’re not supposed to play with your food
  • Upload the images using the photo platform instagram
  • She rapidly became popular
  • The main advantage is that you get instant feedback
  • She places great importance on using the best quality products
  • She usually eats the dishes herself
  • Ida gathers inspiration in the museums
  • My love for food and my love for art
  • Great works of art on toast
  • Her collection already includes 23 plates
  • Ida’s online success quickly led to job offers
  • A Norwegian publisher suggested a joint book project
  • It should be fun not perfect
  • It is due for release in English
  • Ida has begun giving workshops
  • She has quit her day job and is now self-employed
  • I’m going to be doing Food Art fulltime for a year or so at least
  • Going with the flow

Get inspired  by visiting Ida’s instagram account HERE

Make something that does something

Make something that does something

[Little Bits]



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