The Secret Life Of
Saturday, 27 November 2010
The Secret Life of Bird Calls
Audio from Saturday 27 November 2010
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.
The Secret Life of Bird Calls ( 18′ 14″ )
10:00 The first songs that echoed across this land came from birds. In The Secret Life of Bird Calls, Robin Nathan looks at the relationship between bird calls and music. Guests include unsung hero of the 'bird world' Les B. McPherson who has amassed an archive of over 12,000 recorded bird calls, composer Dame Gillian Whitehead who has incorporated bird sounds in her music in various ways, and Associate Professor Ben Bell, an ecologist from the Bioacoustics Research Lab at Victoria University.
Bird calls heard in this programme are courtesy of the McPherson Natural History Sound Archive: www.archivebirdsnz.com
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