Taking programmatic musick to a new, um, level:
A piece of music that was composed by waiting for bird droppings to fall onto giant sheets of manuscript paper has received its premiere.
Artist Kerry Morrison laid manuscript sheets on the ground in Liverpool parks and let birds deposit their droppings.
Composer Jon Hering has transformed the bum notes into a full musical score.
Why? Why on earth? Well, it’s a message, you see:
Morrison said the 20-minute Bird Sheet Music, which was performed at the Tate Liverpool art gallery, represented the role birds play in the environment.
“They play a massive part in the ecosystem of the city through their droppings – they disperse seeds, also their droppings help the enrichment of the soil, so we get fertiliser,” she said.
“It’s something people don’t often think about. The whole thing about looking at detritus and waste tends to be quite negative. People think it’s mucky or horrible, but of course it’s critical to life on earth.”
And people actually sat through twenty minutes of this? It reminds me of a joke the Old Gentleman used to tell about Johnny and the magic rabbit pellets.
In case you’re wondering what Bird Sheet Music actually, you know, sounds like, you’re welcome to follow the linky over to the Beeb. Personally, I couldn’t get the recorder thingie to work on two tries and I’m not going to bother anymore.