Endangered Bird Songs Album Rises Above Taylor Swift at Number 3 on Music Chart
An album of Australia’s most endangered birds and their calls has snuck its way to No. 3 on the national pop charts, beating Taylor Swift and ABBA on its flight path.
songs of disappearance is a 24 minute album of endangered bird calls recorded by Australia’s top recording engineer, David Stewart. It has sold over 2,000 copies and demonstrates the love Australians have for helping their native species, with all proceeds going to the conservation of our feathered friends.
Its genesis came when Stephen Garnett, a conservation professor at Charles Darwin University, completed the 2020 Action Plan for Australian Birds, a set of recommendations that revealed that one in 6 native species is at risk of extinction. . He had a conversation with his Ph.D. student Anthony Albrecht, classical cellist and one half of a two-person multimedia company called the Bowerbird Collective.
Albrecht asked his adviser if there was anything Bowerbird Collective could do to let people know about the action plan. It was then that they discussed the idea of an album.
“I knew it was an ambitious thing to come up with and – I don’t know – Stephen is kind of crazy like me, and he said, let’s do it,” Albrecht told NPR.
The other half of Bowerbird, violinist Simone Slattery, arranged a musical collage of the 53 birds on the disc, while the remaining tracks are each bird’s individual songs recorded by Stewart.
“We did it! Thanks to your incredible support, we reached number three on the ARIA charts, ahead of Taylor Swift, ABBA, Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé,” the organizers wrote on their website, noting the Christmas bump. granted to the latter.
All proceeds from the album were donated to BirdLife Australia, which helped with the production.
Some of the song comes from critically endangered birds, and one bird, the nocturnal parrot, wasn’t even known to science until 2013.
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“When we last prepared an Australian Bird Action Plan in 2010, we weren’t even sure the nocturnal parrots and King Island brown thorns existed – this CD contains calls from both,” Professor Garnett said in a statement.
Each CD comes with a copy of the action plan and a little guide to each bird and how to choose the sound of their calls. The LP has just been released internationally, so we can all enjoy the sounds and donate to the cause.
“The golden bird sounds like a death ray from a corny 70s sci-fi series,” says Sean Dooley, national public affairs manager at BirdLife Australia.
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“And then you come to the Christmas Island Frigatebird. The male has a flap of skin under his chin that inflates like a giant red balloon, so when he makes these courtship noises, it sounds weird, but it has looks amazing.
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