S O U N D C A M P 2017 :: International Dawn Chorus Day

Listen on: Resonance EXTRA, Wave Farm and in whole or in part on participating stations.

Link to STUDIO soundcamp 2017 streaming page

Link to participating venues

DIVAcontemporary STUDIO programme:


Responses to Dawn Chorus
Saturday 6th May [3.30-6.30pm]
Live performances in response to the dawn chorus from around the world.

Nicola Christie: performance
Shakuhachi Flute
Sansula Finger Piano
Crystal Chimes
Singing Bowl
with Vocal extemporisations

Nicola has created a musical script with 4 distinct frames, which will prompt her on the day.

Sounding a response to the sounds she will be tuning into – immediate, intuitive, and improvised response using time framed patterns which give a form, and a structure.

Frames 3 and 4 will take her to a Riff (3) in which Motifs and Variations will intersperse and intertwine. She will be fully in response to what she hears, sounding into Completion (a Mash up)…

Then into a 1 minute Resolution(4) ending how she began…

Jenny Barrett: A Reading
“Growing, Flying, Happening” by Alastair Reid

Adrian Newton [Nemeton]: performance
Live processing and manipulation of dawn chorus soundstream, together with site-specific found sounds.

Nigel Slight: A Reading
“Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song”

“ As crude a weapon as the cave man’s club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life”

Silent Spring began with a “fable for tomorrow” – a true story using a composite of examples drawn from many real communities where the use of DDT had caused damage to wildlife, birds, bees, agricultural animals, domestic pets, and even humans. Carson used it as an introduction to a very scientifically complicated and already controversial subject. This “fable” made an indelible impression on readers and was used by critics to charge that Carson was a fiction writer and not a scientist.

Carson’s passionate concern in Silent Spring is with the future of the planet and all life on Earth. She calls for humans to act responsibly, carefully, and as stewards of the living earth.

Additionally Silent Spring suggested a needed change in how democracies and liberal societies operated so that individuals and groups could question what their governments allowed others to put into the environment. Far from calling for sweeping changes in government policy, Carson believed the federal government was part of the problem. She admonished her readers and audiences to ask “Who Speaks, And Why?” and therein to set the seeds of social revolution. She identified human hubris and financial self-interest as the crux of the problem and asked if we could master ourselves and our appetites to live as though we humans are an equal part of the earth’s systems and not the master of them.

Carson expected criticism, but she did not expect to be personally vilified by the chemical industry and its allies in and out of government. She spent her last years courageously defending the truth of her conclusions until her untimely death in 1964.

Extracts from Rachel Carson website:

David Rogers: Dawn Chorus Re[De]lay
Laptop and ipad improvisation, live manipulation and playback of birdsong and environmental sounds.

All of this will, to some extent, depend on what we are hearing on the day…

International Dawn Chorus Day
Sunday 7th May [5am-1pm]
soundcamp is a series of outdoor listening events on International Dawn Chorus Day, linked by Reveil: a 24 hour broadcast of the sounds of daybreak, relayed live by audio streamers around the globe.

5am – 6am: Live Broadcast [link]

7am – 9am: Sound Walk – from the STUDIO to Manor Yard via Colmers Hill

9am – 10.30am: Breakfast in Manor Yard, Symondsbury

11am – 1pm: Sound Editing Workshop

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