Geoff Brookshire, PhD candidate, Psychology (University of Chicago)
Kyler Brown, PhD candidate, Computational Neuroscience (University of Chicago)
Marcelle Pierson, PhD candidate, Music History and Theory (University of Chicago)

At least since the Middle Ages, musicians have taken inspiration from birdsong. This project makes music informed and constrained by the biological and cognitive systems supporting birdsong. It analyzes both the syntax and biophysics of the songs of two finch species, and interpret features of wild-type birdsong through synthesized sound and close imitation by an instrument. The scientific foundation of this project enables it to explore the boundary between the carefully framed, aestheticized listening experience of the concert hall and the unframed, natural production of birdsong.

2014-15