birds on a wire

Sure, birds make music. Tweedle-lee-dee-dee, tweedle-lee-dee-dee

Photo by Andy Morffew via Flickr

But Brazilian composer Jarbas Agnelli discovered a unique melody orchestrated by birds (and it has nothing to do with their songs). “Reading the newspaper one morning, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires,” Agnelli said. There were, he noted, five wires—the numbers of lines in a musical score. “I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.” This was the rhapsodic result:

“I just erased the birds for effect at the end, but didn’t change their positions at all. What would be the point?” Leave it to nature to compose such sweet sounds. If you love this, listen to music that manifests from the rings of trees.

  1. WOW what a nice way to start my day! having stress at home with my very sick kitty Duke and needed that lovely melody to put me in a better place. thanks MaryJane for sharing this.

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  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This musical arrangement is beautiful. Wow, only a gifted musician could “see” this tune from the birds. It was just lovely and made me cry!

  4. CJ Armstrong says:

    BEAUTIFUL!! Our Creator is AMAZING! That reminds me of my son, who has Down Syndrome. When he was in his teen years he would sit and play my piano, my mom’s piano, any piano and play his own music. You wouldn’t recognize it as anything else anyone has composed, but it was beautiful and musical. At one point my mom recorded what he played on her piano and gave me the tape. I had intended to listen to it and try to put it to paper. Sadly, though we lost the tape in our house fire in 1994. Now, that he’s older that isn’t something he does anymore, however, he still loves music and is one heck of a dancer!
    Thanks for this music!

  5. Krista says:

    What a pretty music arrangement. It’s a very special talent to see music written among birds on electrical wires. This goes to show that we can find music in simple everyday objects, we just need to be open to their presence. I really enjoyed this video. It put a smile on my face.

  6. Gayle says:

    I often find myself trying to sing the song I see the birds compose..on my way to work. Putting that sight reading and music theory college course to work everyday in my kindergarten class! It was not vanity or the boy I thought I was in love with who was a music major! There was an ultimate purpose.

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