Hundreds of artists, from Damon Albarn to Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, have contributed to a five-volume collection for the benefit of bird protection.
Damon Albarn, Jeff Tweedy, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Karen O, the Flaming Lips, Animal Collective and Danielle Haim are among the hundreds of artists, actors and writers who have helped create new work for For the birds: The bird song projecta collection in five volumes with over 242 recordings inspired by birdsong.
The first volume of this project hit streaming services last Friday with Beck, UNKLE, Beach House, Kurt Vile, Jarvis Cocker, Jim James and Mark Ronson along with Damon Albarn and Wale among the charity project’s first wave of artists. . All the benefits of To the Birds will go to the National Audubon Society.
Actors like Sean Penn and Tilda Swinton also delivered bird-inspired poetic recitations for the first volume. Texts by Olivia Wilde, Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig and Natasha Lyonne will also be published in future volumes throughout the year.
” The bird song project is a community dedicated to protecting bird life and celebrating the joy and mysteries of bird song.said the project organizers. We believe that birds of all kinds are valuable, inspiring and fundamental to our world. A world without birds would be a world without freedom, flight and song. We believe that birds are important. They are in danger. And they need our help “.
The project was led by producer and music supervisor Randall Poster, who also produced all five volumes. ” I am impressed by the incredible artistic response to this unique projectexcited Post in a statement. The creation of so many thoughtful and distinct shots, united by the bird chirping, is a marvel in itself. I hope this project will raise awareness of the threats to bird populations, and I am honored to support the Audubon Society’s vital conservation work. »
Elvis Costello, who also contributed music to the project, added: ” It should be so obvious: Without the birds, we would be knee-deep in worms, invaded by insects, and the trees would be robbed of song. The least we can do is raise our voices in praise or complaint. I’m grateful to Randall for asking me to participate in his magnificent volley. »
Once all five volumes have been released individually, by September 2022, Downtown Records will release a massive 20-LP vinyl set featuring all 242 tracks and a 60-page book featuring an essay by musician-birder Jonathan Meiburg from Shearwater / Loma, as well as paintings and illustrations of birds by renowned artists. The box also comes with “Birdoculars” created by Warby Parker, one of the project partners. The spectacle manufacturer will also supply 20,000 pairs of “Birdoculars” to cultural institutions as part of the project.
The scrapbook For the birds: The bird song projectt is available for pre-order now.
” Birds bring boundless joy into our lives through their music, colors and flight. Birds also tell us about the health of our own communities and the world we share, said Dr. Elizabeth Gray, President of Audubon, in a statement. Their message to us is serious: We must act decisively to protect air, water, climate and natural spaces to secure the birds the places they need (and which we all need) to survive and thrive in the future. . Everyone has a role to play in creating a better world, and we are so grateful for the extraordinary and generous outpouring of creativity that has brought The Birdsong Project to life.. »
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