Scientists claim that birds’ and animals’ brains cannot discern complex intellectual objects such as music.
That for them, human music is like white noise, similar to the sound of rain, waves or rustling leaves for us. That they can’t hear anything interesting in it, the same way we can’t understand what birds say to each other, all their adventures and other information they share so vividly.
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This may very well be so - if during early development birds’ brains are not exposed to music and don’t learn to grasp it, they probably won’t be able to do it later. Much like a human child who, growing up in the wild without hearing any human language, wouldn’t be able to learn to speak as an adult, even when exposed to human speech.
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But it seems to us that birds’ brains can be trained to hear music; they can discern very complex intellectual and emotional objects if they’ve been exposed to them from an early age - for example if the birds have grown up in musicians’ homes.
They become thoroughly unique experts on music, with their own completely unique taste, because their learning and teaching ability in the realm of sonic arts is great. If only someone saw it and knew how to use it.
We’ve been lucky that we’ve come across two of such unique birds, who understand what’s there in the music they hear and what’s not in many respects better than humans. As choosing the right tracks for the album was much easier for them than it was for us, we gladly allowed Kakaduu to produce the record. Their enthusiastic chirping made it clear which pieces they preferred most. The album got put together quickly and insightfully and is dedicated to improving communication between birds and humans.
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This is a story about how a bird taught us to listen, see, and think, too. About something important and beautiful.
And about lots of other things, too, about which you can read on Kakaduu's home page.
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The legend of Siuksuke, the smartest and most talented kakaduu.
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Siuksuke discovered his talent at a very early age, even before he came to the pet shop, in the incubator already, where a lot of birds like him, as well as birds a bit different to him, were hatching, twittering excitedly,
there he himself and everybody around him discovered
that he was an exceptionally talented bird
and his talent manifested in his ability to listen.
When others twittered, he listened,
when others calmed down and became quiet, he tweeted.
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Siuks, you have done great things, you’ve taught us to understand bird language and listen to music as if for the first time every time.
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To hear music as if for the first time every time.
You’ve reminded us that we, too, have this ability.
‘If I can hear it, you can hear it,’ said Kakaduu.
I became thoughtful. Promised to Kakaduu that I’d think about it.
‘For humans, everything is difficult, even the simple and pleasant things,’ thought Kakaduu.
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Luckily, Kakaduu doesn’t think
or say what they think.
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Do you take a sheep’s words seriously?
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By the way, we no longer eat chicken at home, because Kakaduu regards it with horror and contempt.
Music for Birds
1. Avian Entertainment 07:06
2. Trichoglossus rubiginosus 04:54
3. The Man from Laxaria 04:45
4. A Sort of English Chicago 04:29
5. I Have Always Been Besotted by Boxers 05:44
6. Houston, We Have A Problem! 06:53
7. The Weight of All These Memories 05:41
8. The Night Is Hushed Here 05:17
All tracks improvised by
Merran Laginestra - voice, piano, synthesizer
Antonio Bravo - guitar
Elo Masing - violin
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dietrich Petzold, tonus arcus studio, summer 2017
Produced by WIG and Kakaduu
Album text by Priit Ruttas
Sleeve image by Gerold, 7 years old
Sleeve design by Simon Tyszko
Eesti Autorite Ühing, Eesti Kultuurkapital, tonus arcus
CRAM Records 2018