Feb 18, 2020, 09:06 AM

Birds on overheard wires in Kyoto, reimagined by Richard Gadd.

"I liked hearing the city noises beneath the birds and remembered that the collective noun 'murmuration' (of starlings). 

"So I attempted to create, using only the original sound file and one other, the energetic flow of a city with its inhabitants and traffic interacting with each other.

"Cities are contradictory places in which we can hide or be seen or alone in a crowd, so as a counterpoint to the 'city' noise I have a man, a beggar or a monk or on his way to work, singing to himself."

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