Music

A selection of my  'birdtronica' tracks and other 'environmental' pieces. More of my  electronica under the name Squinancywort can be found on my Soundcloud page.


This track is made solely from the calls and songs of summer migrants birds to the patch. The percussion is Whinchat, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler.

The fluity, synthy and bassy notes are all sampled notes of Blackcap and Garden warbler song. There is also Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Tree Pipit, Spotted flycatcher, Swift and Cuckoo.



She moved over the moor
The Irish traditional folk song 'She moved through the fair' - performed by Curlews ..joined by other moorland birds - Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Golden Plover, Snipe, Merlin & Hen Harrier.






A write up from the BBC Freshnet  Web site

"Redwing, Fieldfare, Pink-footed Goose, Siskin, Brambling, Whooper Swan and Robin.

That’s just to name a few of the great performers who appear on this cut. Squinancywort, in Autumn song, has brought these oft overlooked and underappreciated melody makers out from the bushes, trees and rushes, and into back into the limelight.

Adding a new age twist to the classic birdsong formula, ‘Wort digitally processes certain calls into percussive elements, while leaving others to sing uninhibited. While this may seem unfair, let’s not forget that none of this would have even happened had Squinancywort not played Ry Cooder to the birds’ Buena Vista.

This isn’t the first time that this artist has worked with samples – no! In Squinancywort we have a seasoned practitioner of Musique Concrete; a specialist in the field of field samples. Check out his other works via his Soundcloud, and also hover over the comments on Autumn Song for the definitive list of bird samples included."





Dog Rose Dance - it's Shrubstep!

ALL the sounds were produced by the rose (with my help) - samples of dropping hips, hitting & sloshing branches, striking a guitar etc - changed pitch of samples, put samples through effects etc.

I got the melody by placing staves on the photo, so hips become notes.
ALL the sounds were produced by the rose (with my help)
- samples of dropping hips, hitting & sloshing branches, striking a guitar etc
- changed pitch of samples, put samples through effects etc.



All the sounds are samples of Blackbird - treated in various ways. The melody is 'Blackbird' by the Beatles




Garden Birds Stylee
I was asked to make this bird music track to play on German radio to promote the German equivalent of the RSPB garden bird count

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