Ecstatic & Wingless: Bird​-​Imitation on Four Continents, ca. 1910​-​44

by Canary Records

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45 minutes of commercial early 20th century recordings of human beings imitating birds, a practice probably pre-dating anything resembling music or language, from France, India, Australia, and the United States.

download includes over 1,700 words of notes, including a Post-Natural Chronology of Bird Imitation, Recording, and Reproduction, recording information, and relevant quotes.

"'Let's have a drink first,' the man behind the firewood intoned. 'Afterwards, I'll put you to sleep with a more or less coherent disquisition on the cutting, pricking, bruising, crushing, smashing uses of human language and perhaps the language of birds, but let's have a drink first.'" - Rene Daumal, A Night of Serious Drinking (1938), translated by David Coward & E.A. Lovatt

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released October 4, 2015

for Rich Pell of the Center for Post-Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA, obviously.
Thank you David Murray.

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