The Blackbird Tapes – 4am Conversation

These are strange times…
but as we retreat indoors, the air clears, and the planes stop flying,
one upside comes in the flourishing of wildlife in our cities:
I’ve been inspired by the increase in birdsong
floating in through the top floor window of my London home
and, in response, I’ve created a suite of new pieces:
The Blackbird Tapes.

Each of the three tracks is based on a field recording of blackbirds and their friends,
singing at different times of day over three weeks during the London lockdown in April 2020.

I’ve taken the melodies and atmospheres evoked by the recordings
and used a minimalist arrangement, simply overlaid with upright piano
and analogue synth, to create these meditative compositions.

The Blackbird Tapes

4am Conversation

(blackbird, tawny owl, robin)

6am Chorus

(blackbird, jackdaw, wren, woodpigeon)

8am Soliloquy

(great tit)

(click on the birds’ names to find out more about them, courtesy of the RSPB)

Out 05.06.20 on Crammed Discs
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