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Australian artist Andy Thomas specializes in creating ‘audio life forms’: beautiful abstract shapes that react to sounds. In this animated short, he visualizes two recorded bird sounds from the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision ( in Hilversum.

The Nightingale & Canary video was produced to inspire creative industries professionals to submit their own projects to a Europe-wide re-use competition, organised by the Europeana Creative project []. All submitted projects make use of archival material available via Europeana (, Europe's gateway to digitized cultural heritage.

The video is part of Sound Connections (, one of 5 pilots developed within the Europeana Creative project (

This video was made possible with co-funding from the European Union, through the ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme

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