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Why Do The Birds Sing?

by Production Unit

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    100% compostable and recyclable, 4 page broadsheet of detourned newspaper content designed by Production Unit in collaboration with WTSTCA.

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Part 1 (H) 19:55
Part 2 (G) 19:59


Just in time for spring, Production Unit presents the pastoral audio think-piece ‘Why Do TheBirds Sing?’

Enticingly, the album forms the first part of a four-album magnum opus entitled‘ Things As They Are’ which, frankly, has us salivating at the mere thought.‘Why Do The Birds Sing?' is, according to its creator, "a squashed housey meditation on the relationship between humans and the rest of nature.” Originally commissioned by Glasgow's reknowned Hidden Gardens, 'Why Do The Birds Sing?' is equal parts Shackleton, Fennesz,Huerco S and Orbital.

The piece uses its creator Dave Donnelly's recordings of birdsong, which are then arranged and accompanied by his own loops and melodies "as if I was jamming with the birds, or remixing the gardens themselves".Alongside this avian choir, 'Why Do The Birds Sing?' features rhythmically manipulated vocal samples of director Jann Arthus-Bertrand on climate, the anthropocene and cognitive dissonance.

The piece is a collaboration with visual artist WTSTCA, aka Broken20 art director David Coyle. In keeping with the deeply ingrained sustainability themes of the audio piece, the physical edition is entirely recyclable/biodegradable, in the form of a newspaper. A detournement of May1st's New York Times, the paper is intended to provoke thought on consumerism, climate catastrophe and how we as individuals interact with the world. Taken as a whole, it’s a refreshing and energising take on what a physical music release can and should be in 2019. As 'Things As They Are' grows, Donnelly and Coyle state that three further newspapers will be added alongside three more albums to build a single analysis and critique of "the various messes we're in and how we can get out of them."


released February 16, 2019


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