I am focusing on changing human interpretations of the musicality of birdsong over time. By focusing on biological, religious, and creative contexts, I will reveal the environmental and ecological importance of understanding animal noises. Studying the sounds of birds and other animals will foster generations of people who focus on listening to environmental soundscapes. Bird songs are examples of Schafer’s “keynote sounds” that may not be consciously heard by people, but nevertheless influence the character of human society. Over time soundscapes will morph and change as society grows, but active listeners will hear the beauty of the natural world and will seek to protect the environment from invading sound pollution. Additionally, listening to soundscapes of nature can provide musicians with inspiration to develop more creative music forms. Through this process bird sounds can contribute toward the positive progression of human soundscapes.
The above clip includes various bird songs and other calls. These sounds illustrate the musicality of birds as well as provide a relaxing and meditative atmosphere. Listening to natural soundscapes provides a break from the loud and often grating noises of human society. Examining natural soundscapes as a whole allows individuals to understand how different bird species interact and respond to environmental stimuli. Additionally, listeners should note their own responses as they listen to natural landscapes to discern any instinctual, emotional, or intellectual reactions to the sounds.