Directed by by Ján Tompkins
The Sonic Feather is a media arts app which gives you, the user, a tool to create unique, visual animations based on your Dawn Chorus recordings, which can in turn be shared via social media. It is inspired by the idea that scientific data, when transformed, can also be art and that now is the moment in which scientists and artists should join forces to create awareness around the threats to our planet’s biodiversity.
As a custom made tool, the Sonic Feather echoes digital painting tools except that its brush emits sound rather than color, which you activate by touching your screen. Think painting, drawing, writing, or playing with an audio file, in this case on your phone, which becomes a two dimensional canvas. As you create your Sonic Feather, your audio file, now uncoupled from linear time, becomes an image, unique to your interaction with it. This new representation allows you to interact with the sounds of the dawn chorus in a way that classical audio playback cannot.
Our hope is that your experience of creating a Sonic Feather will add yet another perspective to those found elsewhere in this project, allowing you to see, hear, think and feel differently about the sounds and songs of birds. Like all other feathers on the planet, your Sonic Feather will be as unique as your fingerprint, but in this case tied to an awareness that sound is never just sound, but also creation.