BIRDS CAN PAINT in progress
What notes do birds sing in?
Well, as notes are a human construct, it could be contested that they sing in notes at all.
Another human construct is the historical and cross-cultural notion that there is a magic language via which only the initiated can communicate. This language is often referred to as the “language of the birds,” and it is a system rumoured to operate in symbols, and to be a vehicle for revealing hidden truths and igniting metamorphic sparks. In Abrahamic and European mythology, medieval literature and occultism, the language of the birds is postulated as a mystical, perfect divine language.
I have created procedural videos for 10 loved Australian birds mapping sound frequency (bass, low, medium and high), the RGBA color model (red, green, blue and alpha) with the ancient Taoist thought of Wu Xing.
Wu xing, described in the I Ching (the Book of Changes) is a system of five phases that interprets relationships between phenomena. The system includes a mapping of musical notes to color - specifically the five musical notes in the pentatonic scale (C D E G A) to the five basic colors of yellow, white, green, red and blue. I utilised this concept as a base mapping the sound frequencies Bass (C-D) to ALPHA, Low medium (E) to GREEN, High medium (G) to RED and High (A) to BLUE.