The Swallows Of Chernobyl (Test Recording)

A Companion of Owls

An audio piece consisting of a loop of birdsong passed through a “side-chain” gate triggered by a geiger counter. Whenever the geiger counter triggers the gate a tiny piece of the loop is “ducked” (silenced). Eventually all traces of the birdsong will be erased from the loop.

This piece was inspired by an article in Scientific American where biologists are researching the effects of low-dose radiation on living things by studying common barn swallows within the exclusion zones of both Chernobyl and Fukushima.

For this test recording I made a mock-up of the piece in Pure Data:


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