by Carl Strang
When I traveled to Australia at the end of 2000, I was just getting into the recording of sounds of nature. One morning in camp in the central desert, I got the opportunity to record the song of a pied butcherbird.
The song is not what one would expect from such a predator:
The melody of this song inspired a composition
(“Butcherbird” by Carl Strang, copyright ©2001):
Everything was painstakingly hunt-and-pecked into the sequencer except for the soprano recorder. My playing was reedy sounding and not as beautiful as the original that inspired it, but I was pleased with the composition.