Unusual Birds

Sculpture at Scenic World, Katoomba – 13 April to 13 May

Sound installation for the outdoor foyer and viewing platform of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.


Duration: 15′ 16″ Audio loop on CD

“Unusual Birds” is an audio Re-mix in the style of electronica & ambient / soundtrack. It takes its name from the algorithmic processing of location sound recordings taken in Pekina, a small town in the wheat belt of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. The unusualness of the birds is in the remix of added rhythmic synthesis found in their duration, pitch and timbre and the sonic playfulness that is reproduced in their cross talk and bird song along with an array of other dog and insect sounds.

I wasn’t able to immediately identify the birds I recorded but some of the possibilities are the Whistling Kite, the Black-shouldered Kite or the Black-breasted Buzzard. Other species of birds found in the Flinders Ranges include the Chestnut Teal, the Swamp Harrier, the Spotted Harrier, the Dusky Moorhen, the Banded Lapwing, the Straw-necked Ibis, the Australian White Ibis, and the Pied Heron.

The sound is produced to drift in and out of your listening consciousness (as listenable to, as it is not) and to become part of the environment within which it is heard, in this case the outdoor foyer space and viewing platform of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

The artist would like to thank Justin Morrissey and Sabrina Roesner for including the work in the 2018 Sculpture at Scenic World.