This was the third Nightingale I encountered on this walk.. It was on an open piece of land, with vineyards either side of a line of trees. to the left of me was a small copse of mixed trees, some old with scrub bush quite dense on the ground. This bird was further away and calling across this space to the other side.
The second bird on my walk. This recording was along a track that lead to a roman watermill surrounded by fields and ancient trees that were once along a river but now the river is a small stream and has moved about half a mile away.
In early April 2020 I walked and recorded 4 Nightingales each defending their territories in the scrubland and forests where I live in southern France. This is the first Nightingale which I recorded on my phone. This particular bird was very close to the path in between a Mazet ( hut) in the Garrigues near the village. I couldn’t see the bird but I had to wait for about 4
Wood cut Dawn Chorus Working with the Dawn chorus recording I am using tempo bars within the woodcut to keep everything together so that it flows. These are from the recording itself in the sonograms . Each small wood panel is approximately 2 seconds of actual sound – so this section is 8 seconds. Still got a long way to go ! Water based ink on Rice paper
Finally printing these in the studio – working on printing the 2 large woodcuts next to each other twice on a long scroll of paper. Like the idea of it being together without a fold so that it can be shown in different ways. This was part of a recording done in april here on a walk with 4 nightingales – the lines are present to keep the song in
International dawn chorus day was this week – I recorded this along with some audio a few days ago at around 5.45 am in a small area of mixed woodland by a stream about 20 min walk from the village where I live in Junas – Laungeudoc Roussillon France. I knew there would be lots of nightingales there as this is a particular favourite spot for them i even managed
Whilst working on concrete ideas such as the walk piece in Le cruse – Pellevoisn I have also been trying out putting together different techniques to make a wall of small drawings or prints possibly together. These bird sounds are often high in pitch but also have depth of sound and intensity. So i have been visual playing around with how i might show the work in a gallery space.
Woodcut 1.20m x 70 cm printed on Kozo and backed onto wood panel with fluorescent paint This piece is just a fragment of what I hope to be a series of nightingale song strophes – recorded last year on April 17 . By using chinese ink to transfer the song strophe the wood changes the flow of the ink and these inconsistencies I have cut into the image. The bottom
25 min walk with 12 stops and short recordings. This 2 plate etching on copper is of about 14 seconds of ones stop . This wood had an incredible number of bird activity – I have counted about 11 in this sequence alone. This recording was made in Le creuse a very remote area of central france. Work in progress – looking at making all of the stops into etchings.
Pitch and colour of song ? How should I use colour within the woodcuts of the songs?… In a sense I need again to order or structure the colour – as every element is already being pulled apart within these songs in order to make them. It seems to me that the pitch of most of the birdsongs are all at a similar level so far..which in a sonogram is