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

A pinch of salt

A pinch of salt

   Green Renaissance

“Salt Uses & Tips:

Boiling Water – Salt added to water makes the water boil at a higher temperature, thus reducing cooking time (it does not make the water boil faster).

Peeling eggs – Eggs boiled in salted water peel more easily.

 Washing spinach – If spinach is washed in salted water, repeated cleanings will not be necessary.

Improving coffee – A pinch of salt in coffee will enhance the flavor and remove the bitterness of over-cooked coffee.

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Bring out the flavour with herbs

Bring out the flavour with herbs

   Green Renaissance

Thyme

Thyme enhances the flavor of olive oil, pickled olives, butter, vinegar, meats, poultry, fish, soups and stews, and vegetable dishes.

Fresh garden salads as well as stuffed baked vegetables benefit from the addition of thyme. It can also be added to breads, cookies, and spoon sweets.

Origin, History, and Mythology  :

Gaius Plinius Secundus, (circa 23 – 79 A.C.E.), better known as Pliny the Elder, said that when thyme is burned, it “puts to flight all venomous creatures.”

In mythical folklore, thyme flowers were full of perfume and nectar for the bees, traditionally the messengers of the faery world. The bower of the Fairy Queen Titania in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is described as being in “…a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows…”.

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Share a cup of success

Share a cup of success

    The Soul Pancake

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Nice to meet you
  • Nice to meet you too
  • It keeps me focused on my path
  • Going after life, I’m proud of him
  • Side-business, I make like home-made shea butter
  • You have to do what you love
  • I’ve been with my wife for over 40 years now
  • How about you?
  • At my ceremony we got to walk across the stage with our parents
  • She was happy about what I was doing
  • I have been able to retain my family through the ups and downs of life
  • I want my business up and running
  • One placement on a CD that goes gold
  • Take chances
  • It was great meeting you