LOVE – 64 mating calls of a nightingale transcribed for violoncello @ 10% speed
A composition for cello solo, learned from a nightingale that was recorded on March 3rd 2011 around 2am @ Kleylehof / Nickelsdorf.
The original recording has ~6min, it was slowed down to 10% of the original speed, cut into single calls, and transcribed for cello call by call.
The deceleration works like a magnifying glass, revealing details that stay unnoticed by the human ear at the original bird-speed.
Every minute one call is played, lasting 15-40 seconds, followed by a pause until the next call starts. Like an hour bell telling the time the nightingale tells the minutes.
The calls of a nightingale are playing with repetition and variation, following strange hidden rules. Obviously they are a chant rather than a language. An unusual music - no recognisable stable rhythm - featuring a multitude of sounds, melodies that follow unusual rules.
pics from "neue musik in st. ruprecht", May 4th 2014