Vogelsprachen is an ongoing music project that aims to explore the structures that regulate acoustic communication within conspecifics of some particular avian species.
The Japanese Tit or Shijukara is a forest-dwelling small passerine bird found in north-eastern Asia.

Recently, a team of scientists led by ornithologist Toshitaka Suzuki observed that these birds are capable of highly complex communication with their fellow members and supposed that their messages follow a proper syntax, exactly as it happens in human languages.

Shijukaras can build up sentences by putting together a series of articulated calls that act exactly as words in our languages.

There are two unique features about their communication system: the first is that the sequence of the words they externalise is fundamental for their understanding, and the second is that each of their words has a meaning as a standalone message.

I believe that language and music share a common origin and still work similarly in many aspects: this research project explores these common roots by exploring the simple yet extraordinary systems that underly the highly musical information exchange between birds.
I intend to analyse birds’ vocalisations from a structural-musical rather than acoustical perspective and use the outcome as a source for new composing methods, both formally and dramaturgically.

This piece has been developed in collaboration with the Goethe Institut in Kyoto // Villa Kamogawa. 

シジュウカラ (Shijukara) #1 has been performed in Kyoto as an audiovisual installation for 4  video monitors and live-piano. 

December 14, 2019 - Kyoto, Japan / Villa Kamogawa, Goethe Institut