Here are some cute birds making a guitar drone symphony

15 January 2016, 11:57

birds playing electric guitar

An art installation has put some plucky birds in charge of a load of electric guitars, and it sounds quite amazing.

The brainchild of Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, the installation takes place in a large single room, set up with some electric guitars and amplifiers with the gain turned up. The installation was previously at London's Barbican centre.

A flock of zebra finches were then unleashed to live in the room, landing on the strings and inadvertently creating some quite incredible sounds.

Bird playing guitars installation by visual artist and musician Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montré

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We think it’s a natural successor to the hallowed genre of non-programmatic indeterminism, a hybrid of Charles Ives and Glenn Branca, with an ambience keenly inspired by John Cage’s ‘New Aspect of Form in Instrumental and Electronic Music’.

Or, you know, a bunch of birds flapping about in an art gallery.

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