It started as a dream more than ten years ago-the desire to feature birds'
beautiful voices in real songs, not just use them in the background for
ambience. Real music, as if you'd put a microphone in front of them with a live
orchestra. Original songs, written just for these birds to sing.
To begin the project, hundreds of bird calls were collected from the best
bird recordists in the world. Each one was edited into shorter, usable sections,
then processed to remove background noise. To maintain a filing system, all
recordings were also catalogued by type, beats-per-minute and pitch.
Next, starting with the birds that sounded the most interesting, songs were
written around them, allowing each bird's natural melody and rhythm to dictate
the direction of the song. Complementary bird voices were painstakingly added by
matching tone, pitch and rhythm as closely as possible. Doing so resulted in
some songs taking a more melodic path and others developing a more rhythmic
feel. No pre-existing compositions were used-all music on Birdsong was inspired
by and written expressly for these birds to sing.
Great respect was shown each original bird recording. No pitch-shifting was
used, and nearly-imperceptible timing adjustments were made to fewer than five
of the original recordings. Every call and song you hear on Birdsong was
actually made by a real bird at some point in time.