Slowed down bird song

I accidentally discovered the exotic notes of slowed down birdsong whilst videoing a bee on a flower using ‘slo-mo’ on my phone.

As part of the Somerset Re-acquainted project I have been studying slowed down birdsong and using it to draw patterns with a view to using these on my ceramics. The bird song, even slowed down remained complex and I enjoyed the simpler flight patterns of the same birds.

Here is my short video “dawn bird song slowed” (5am, wren with blackbird and distant chaffinch)

Somerset Reacquainted is a project initiated by artist Sara Dudman and Somerset Art Works via their Artist Development Programme during the lockdown period, it aims to:

  • Engage artists in Somerset during this time
  • Support artists to develop their practice and reach audiences
  • Explore new approaches and inspiration
  • Develop new work reflecting the uniqueness of Somerset
  • Provide peer support and artist-led activities
  • Support digital innovation and showcase opportunities


The British Library – Revealing the Hidden Beauty of Birdsong

BBC – What might birdsong sound like in bird time?