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July 10, 2014 By Andy Ross

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Birdsong and knitting

Now I realise that this is late and for that I apologise but it is a fascinating idea that we wanted to share.

One of our loyal readers sent in the link to a performance of Killing Time in Cardiff. The piece is by Jobina Tinnemans and is for an ingenious combination of instruments and knitters. And why knitters? Well, the composer went out into the field and recorded the sounds of arctic terns, then turned the recording into individual calls, and made those calls into a software instrument. When the metal knitting needles connect with each other they activate the sounds and hey presto! A flock of terns flies electronically again amongst music from the  instruments! This link is to a version of the piece recorded in New York  and for more information about how this was done look at this website. For the original link which our reader sent in, see this site from Arts Council of Wales.

Thank you for the link. It is always lovely to hear from our readers and subscribers.