Tree Dressing

A lovely crafting weekend , with a very busy workshop session at the Boathouse Cafe on the Saturday with Scylla and Eleanor , creating items, including bird feeders, to hang on a tree as part of National Tree Week, followed by dressing the tree on Sunday :

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Combustion

‘Combustion’ by Bobby Bird‘ 2009, made from recording a household Jøtul woodburning stove.  If a domestic sized burner can sound like this, what might a 28ft long Cornish Boiler, used to heat up a Bolton & Watt beam engine sound like ?

This track was created as part of Birmingham Sound Matter  a project curated by Francisco Lopez and AVA/Modulate in 2009. Is is included on the Birmingham Sound Matter CD compilation released on Audiobulb: www.audiobulb.com/albums/AB023/AB023.htm.

Watt’s Orbit Workshop

Students at South & City College got a chance yesterday to hear a preview of Bobby Birds  Watt’s Orbit installation / performance,  set up in the College Auditorium, followed by  Q&A session. The day was presented by Nils Edstrom,  lecturer in Creative Live Sound at the college, as part of an Art in Music module.
The premier of Watt’s Orbit will take place at St Mary’s Church Handsworth on 29/10/2016

Photos by Joseph Potts

A really magical lantern parade, after everyones hard work in creating the lanterns over the previous two weekends. A beautiful evening with the full moon out as we paraded around the lake. Special thanks to The Young Folksters, and  Spicy and the Spirit Drummers for providing the music.

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Sounds from the Batwalk

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A wonderful moonlit batwalk  in Handsworth Park last night, led by Lucy from the RSPB. Below is a recording of of some of the bats we heard, using  bat locators – the bats use echo location to hunt their pray, emiting high pitched sounds which bounce back off the moths and midges, enabling the bats to hear (rather than see) what they are hunting. The bat sounds, too high to be heard by the human ear, are made lower by the bat locator, which is what you can hear below: