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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I’ve seen this video around the web in a few locations, and thought it was worth sharing.

According to this Daily Mail article by Claire Bates from 2009, Brazilian musician Jarbas Agnelli saw a photograph in a local paper where a small flock of birds had alighted on some power lines. The arrangement of the birds and number and spacing of the power lines resembled a musical score, and Agnelli decided to interpret the photo as a musical score. The results are posted in the video below, compiled in Adobe AfterEffects.

Birds on the Wires from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo.

From a typographic/notational perspective it’s an interesting thing to consider.

Agnelli himself is reluctant to take credit for the composition, but the bird song is clearly not the product of the birds per se.

On a side note, there is an interesting tradition of referring to a mystical, perfect divine spoken language as ‘the language of the birds’. Perhaps this was a brush with the divine?