the nightingale

catalogue of a walk

The nightingale is the bird most known and assimilated into our psyche. It is also a signifier of spring as one of the loudest singing birds with a complex song sung day and night, it announces itself through sound and yet is incredibly hard to spot. Nesting low to the ground in bushes it is also vulnerable.

It was the first bird I recorded here and I have been visiting the same spots recording for the past 3 years, so possibly recording the same bird over that period of time too.

For this work I recorded in one walk 4 nightingales in different spots on the walk. these i have composed into a 10 meter scroll on Japanese paper. Over laying the sounds on the front and back of the works. Again there are many iterations depending on the space to show it.