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    THE LYRE BIRD — Communicating with Humans' Animal Unconscious

    I've trained myself to become a Human Lyre Bird, this record is an exploration of how everyday noises from the urban environment communicate with our Animal Unconscious'.

    The Lyre Bird is an Australian ground-dwelling bird that has the extraordinary ability to mimic any audible sound from it's environment such as other birds, chainsaws, alarms, motors etc.

    The record I have made is split into four chapters, all sounds made on the record are made with my human voice and introduced by a computer.

    1.  Sounds made from Predators to their Prey
— Hunting (00:00:01)
    — Luring prey into a trap (00:00:54)
    — Obeying the Alpha (00:01:42)
    — Uncomfortable silences (00:02:16)
    — Alpha allegiance battles (00:02:36)

    2. Sounds made from Prey to their Predators
    — Territorial markings (00:03:06)
    — Defence signals (00:03:50)
    — Dominance & submission (00:04:18)
    — Tribal distinguishing marks (00:04:39)
    — Intrusive behaviour (00:05:16)

    3. Sounds made from Man’s plight for Survival
— Involuntrary hibernation (00:05:54)

    — Regular sustenance (00:06:20)
    — Appeasing the frustrations of a lonely life (00:06:39)
    — Maintaining the nest (00:07:05)
    — Exercising mating calls & courtship signals (00:07:43)

    4. Sounds made in Man’s Workplace
    —  Migration to the workplace (00:08:27)

    —  Greeting rituals (00:09:12)

    — The impression of being busy (00:09:35) 

    — The impression of not being busy (00:10:05)
    — Courtship etiquette (00:10:31)

    The record critiques the sounds of everyday life and how they communicate with us.

    Read more about the project and see the packaging here:

    Watch a test 'making of' film here:

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