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Birdcall Remix MP3s

The remix section of the freesound website (at freesound.iua.upf.edu) is somewhat misnamed. It isn’t really a tree, per se, in that rarely if ever is a remix of an original sample itself remixed. In other words, for a tree it’s sorta flat. The majority of material in the freesound remix section is second-generation renditions of raw field recordings, but still many of those are highly interesting. Earlier this year, someone named reinsamba, who identifies himself as a biology teacher from Cologne, Germany, posted what he described as “The most beautiful nightingale recording I´ve ever made,” taped in a nearby forest (MP3).

Subsequently, someone named videochris took the birdcall audio, tweaked it and added a synthesized bed of sound (MP3). There’s also a version with pixelated video at videochris.com.

Now, as genetic engineers in the agriculture business know, once a sample is released into the wild, there’s no telling what will happen with it. Remixes of reinsamba’s nightingale call apparently aren’t restricted to the virtual aviary that is the freesound site. Over at the “riddim community” known as versionist.com, a musician named alin55 has uploaded a track of dub that features the nightingale as its lead vocalist (at versionist.com; no direct MP3 link apparently available).

By Marc Weidenbaum

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