‘Birdsong’ is an exhibition of knitted soundpieces. It encompasses machine knitting, sound processing software and mobile phone technology. In ‘Birdsong’ there are 4 knitted birdboxes that are intertwined with coloured flex. Each birdbox has a soundpiece inside it and its own headphones. There is also a knitted map of Britain, Ireland and the islands. The knitted fairisle patterns on the birdboxes are based on the soundfiles of birdsongs and ambient sound recorded in specific locations in Scotland, the coordinates of which are knitted into the map. The sounds were processed using Logic Pro music software and I worked with the soundwaves, the midi templates and the velocity peaks visually, making patterns out of them. The patterns are site specific, a visual representation of the sounds of the area, a tag, an identifier, like a football strip or a school uniform, an expansion on the idea of a regional Gansey or Aran jumper. I worked with sound designer Dave Martin to record a sonic snapshot of each area. There is a qr code beside each box that when scanned on a smartphone takes the viewer to the location of the recording via googlemaps. ‘Birdsong’ looks at issues of immigration, emigration, identity and belonging. Playing with the idea of visually branding an area by taking something ambient and completely natural from it ie birdsong and analyzing it and turning it into a product using mechanisation and technology, then presenting it as a physical object, a sound piece and a geotagged link to an online visual + audio map via a barcode and a smartphone, taking the exhibition out of the gallery and into the virtual world.
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soundpieces can be heard at
follow the links under the photos or scan the qr codes and follow the links
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