242-Track Birdsong Project To Feature Top Names In Music, Film

An incredible collection of top names in music, film, literature and more have contributed to the For birds: Project Birdsong, an album of 242 tracks put together by renowned music supervisor Randall Poster. The project will be released digitally with five different episodes each month between now and September, with the first volume arriving today (May 20). A limited edition 20 LP vinyl box set will also be available later this year. All proceeds will benefit the Audubon Association’s work to conserve bird habitats.

The poster has been moved to start working For birds during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the quiet streets of New York began to amplify the sounds of nature. Reaching out to many of his friends and collaborators, he discovered many of them were going through the same realizations they were in quarantine around the world, and he began to form a way to transition. these emotions into music inspired by birdsong.

Among the contributors are Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Damon Albarn, Elvis Costello, Beck, Mark Ronson, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Beach House, Karen O, Yo-Yo Ma, The Flaming Lips, Adam Beastie Boys’ Horovitz, Kurt Vile, Terry Rile, UNKLE, Jarvis Cocker, Neu! By Michael Rother and Kamasi Washington. Writers such as Jonathan Franzen, Maggie Smith, and Mary Oliver were also present, with their work spread from Bette Midler, Jeff Goldblum, Matthew McConaughey and Olivia Wilde to Sean Penn, Robert Pattinson, Tilda Swinton and Florence Welch by Florence + The Machine.

Poster, who is perhaps best known for his film and musical collaboration with director Wes Anderson, said: “I was in awe of the overwhelming artistic response to this unique project. “The fact that they made so many thoughtful and distinct recordings, combined in the sound of birdsong, has been a miracle in itself. My hope is a project to raise awareness of threats to bird populations and I am honored to support the Audubon Society’s essential work in conservation. ”

Costello adds: “This has to be very clear – without the birds, we would be in the depths, the bugs swarming, the trees unable to sing. “The least we can do is raise our voices to praise or lament. I am grateful to Randall for asking me to join his wonderful flock.”

The poster has been supported on For birds by Wild Belle’s Elliot Bergman, producer Rebecca Reagan, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo and producer/engineer Stuart Lerman, all of whom are executive producers on the project. As part of the rollout, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens will host For birds– themed exhibitions from June 11 to October 23, while Warby Parker will donate 20,000 limited edition “Birdoculars” to cultural organizations that support bird conservation.

Here is the watch list for For birds: Project Birdsong episode 1:

Album #1

Party one:
1. “Wood Dove” – performed by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
2. “Archangel” – performed by Beck
3. “Seed” – Made by Alaska Reid and AG Cook
4. “The Morning” – Written by WS Merwin. Read by Danielle Haim
5. “Fly On” – Performed by Karen Elson
6. “Fly Away (With the Songs)” – Performed by Michael Rother & Vittoria Maccabruni

Surface b:
1. “On the Wing” – performed by Jim James
2. “Honey, in the Wild” – Performed by Josh Kaufman feat. Annie Nero
3. “Unbroken Wing” – Performed by Mike Campbell
4. “Migrations of birds” – written by Gary Snyder. Read by Wally Wolodarsky
5. “Missing May 18, 1929” – Performed by Alex Somers

Album #2

Party one:
1. “Bird’s Call” – Performed by Mark Ronson feat. Damon Albarn and Wales
2. “One for Sorrow” – Performed by UNKLE
3. “Once Let Free” – Performed by Emily Cross
4. “Kyoto: March” – Written by Gary Snyder. Read by Jelani Cobb
5. “Sanctuary” – Performed by Beach House
6. “Good Morning” – Written by Anne Sexton. Read by Natalie Bergman

Surface b:
1. “Mine Is Not Your Beauty” – performed by Uwade
2. “Birds for Phil” – Performed by Spring Summer
3. “Una Melodía” – Performed by El Búho feat. Emily Basez
4. “Bone’s Lament” – performed by Darius Christian & Reginald Chapman
5. “Compound Nouns” – Performed by Blake Mills
6. “Elsewhere Bird” – Richard Reed Parry performed
7. “The Garden” – Written by Mark Strand. Read by Tennessee Thomas

Album #3

Party one:
1. “Counting Birds” – Written by Jim Harrison. Read by Sean Penn
2. “Kachofugetsu” – Performed by Kaoru Watanabe
3. “St. Francis and the Birds” – Terry Riley performed
4. “Birdsong” – Performed by Tawiah
5. “Crow Dialectic” – performed by Elliot Bergman

Surface b:
1. “A Grandchild’s Song for Robins in Year Two of Pandemic” – performed by Ray Young Bear
2. “When the birds were banished from the Palace” – Written by Saoirse Stice. Read by Jack Kornfield
3. “The Returning Birds” – performed by Hatis Noit
4. “Salt Point” – Performed by Tyondai Braxton
5. “Forty Songs” – Performed by Lee Ranaldo. Lyrics of Michael McClure
6. “The Wounded Bird” – performed by Kurt Vile

Album #4

Party one:
1. “Cuckoo Song” – Performed by Jarvis Cocker
2. “Cuckoo Bird” – Performed by Haden Triplets
3. “Hummingbird” – Written by Raymond Carver. Read by Donald Ray Pollock
4. “Hum Hum Hum” – performed by Karen O
5. “Whistling in the Dark – performed by Molly Lewis
6. “Sparrow” – Written by Norman MacCaig. Read by Tilda Swinton

Surface b:
1. “Oreals” – Performed by Rudresh Mahanthappa
2. “Fly Catcher” – performed by James McAlister
3. “State Bird” – Written by Ada Limón. Read by Mickey Sumner
4. “The Calling” – Nick Rhodes & Wendy Bevan perform
5. “Bluebirds (Audio Version 2021)” – Performed by Adam Green
6. “Why Does the Girl Bird Sing” – Performed by Suzzy Roche

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