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Natural and Unnatural Landscapes by Geoff Sample and Daniel Thorne



Part of the The Living Planet season

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For International Dawn Chorus Day in 2020, we celebrated bird song with acclaimed ecological field recordist and musician Geoff Sample and with Daniel Thorne, saxophonist, composer and founder of the Immix Ensemble.

Working remotely and during lockdown, Geoff and Daniel created a sonic reimagining of the dawn chorus.

Using musical instruments, Thorne responds to Sample's recordings of different landscapes and the birds that inhabit them - from woodlands to wetlands, to parks and cities - echoing the call and response of the morning symphonies we hear every day.

Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Want to know more about the dawn chorus or explore other artistic interpretations of this fascinating natural phenomenon?

Discover Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg's Machine Auguries, a sound installation where natural dawn chorus is infiltrated by artificial bird song and asks us to question the impact of our 24-hour urban lifestyle on birds.

Read a blog by Chris Tynan from RSPB Liverpool as he shares his knowledge to help you identify birds and bird calls in around Merseyside.

Watch and listen to a poetry reading with Dr Bethan Roberts, William Noble Postdoctoral Research Associate in the English Department at University of Liverpool, as she shares a few of her favourite poems about birds.

This resource is part of The Living Planet, our free online programme that explores our relationship with the natural world.