Birds and music

September 16, 2009


Birds-on-wires-music-projectArt, nature, and the built world collide in this beautiful little project. Here’s the story behind it from creator Jarbas Agnelli:

“Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.”

The revelation of beauty in the mundane is one grace God grants through his creation. That theme from the video, as well as a number of other elements from it, is echoed in this excerpt from a poem by Mary Oliver:

All the quick notes

Mozart didn’t have time to use

before he entered the cloud-boat

are falling now from the beaks

of the finches

that have gathered from the joyous summer

into the hard winter

and, like Mozart, they speak of nothing

but light and delight,

though it is true, the heavy blades of the world

are still pounding underneath.

From “Mozart, for Example” in Thirst

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