Douglas Quin

Oropendola: Music By and From Birds

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A beautiful collection of experimental compositions and field recordings on Netherlands sound art label Het Apollohuis, Oropendola -- Music By and From Birds welcomes a new approach to wildlife recordings. The American composer worked with birdsongs to create these high-fidelity works and recordings from Madagascar, Kenya, and Brazil, which form the basis on which further interpretations are made with sampler and traditional instruments. As the great French composer Olivier Messiaen had been infatuated with birdsongs as an inspiration to his piano compositions, Douglas Quin takes that tradition a step further by incorporating the recording into the work. The effect is a clamorous montage of environmental sound, shaped into a flowing work that could exist as a sound installation as well as a stunning piece of music. This CD is packaged with extensive liner notes and a foldout card case, and is an intriguing addition to a collection of obscure musical methods. Similarly, this label released a CD by the Maciunas Ensemble & Kanary Grand Band, in which the experimental group performs with live caged birds.