Accompaniment for a Breeze

MIT_Bruyninckx_figure 2.1Inspired by the musical notations of birdsong that field naturalists composed at the beginning of the 20th century and featured in my dissertation, artist Oscar Santillan produced a wonderful performance in an abandonded park. Five musicians (on oboe, horn, violin, clarinet and cello), hidden in the wilderness, interpret a composition that is based on a transcription of the sounds of elusive birds that once populated the area.

 

 

story in Observant newspaper

A story about my research on the science of bird song was recently published by Maurice Timmermans on the front cover of Observant, the independent weekly of Maastricht University. You can read about it here – in Dutch.

“Beter tien vogels in de hand dan één in de lucht” 

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De geschiedenis van de ornithologie van 1880 tot 1980. Niet meteen een onderwerp waarvan je verwacht dat het aan de UM bestudeerd wordt. Wel dus. Cultuurwetenschapper Joeri Bruyninckx verdiepte zich in de praktijken en de apparatuur van vogelwetenschappers. Waarom zingen vogels eigenlijk?