“Only in the tamed trembling of a poem, I had believed / Some kindness might survive” ~ Rodney Jones, from “Apocalyptic Narrative”


Birds on the Wires from Jarbas Agnelli

Winner of the YouTube Play Guggenheim Biennial Festival.
Soundtrack available here: tinyurl.com/7xj6net

Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.

I sent the music to the photographer, Paulo Pinto, who I Googled on the internet. He told his editor, who told a reporter and the story ended up as an interview in the very same newspaper.

Here I’ve posted a short video made with the photo, the music and the score (composed by the birds).

Also check my live presentation of Birds on the Wires at TEDx São Paulo: tedxsaopaulo.com.br/jarbas-agnelli/

Music made with Logic.
Video made with After Effects.

An interview about this and other works: biginterview.org/