Winner: Remixing Spring

Extra Credit

Friday, April 05, 2013

Several weeks ago we gave you a challenge: using a dozen bird songs recorded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, we asked you to create an original musical composition on the theme of Spring. We received more than 100 compositions, ranging from classical to electronica to jazz, even radio drama. (Listen to them all below.) This week, Greg Budney, curator of audio at the Lab, and Kurt Andersen announce their favorites. The winning entry, Marlo Reynolds’ “Certhia Americana,” took the Brown Creeper as its base, mixing the bird’s call with a poem written and performed by Reynolds’ collaborator Gump. Budney says it captured his own field recording experiences “spot on.”

The song of the brown creeper enters
Zigzagging upward it gleans insects –
Once learned, the high, insistent call is hard to forget –
In mature woods and large old trees –
Often heard –
But hard to see –
Under the sun

Reynolds often records bird songs and uses them in his work, including these sounds from China that you can download and use in your own work.

Thanks to all the creative participants in the Remixing Spring Challenge.

Listen to the remixes featured in this week's show on Soundcloud

Marlo Reynolds — Philadelphia, PA
“Certhia Americana”



Greg’s Pick: Phil Torres — Durham, NC
"It's Not Spring Yet, But It's Getting There"


Kurt’s Pick: Jeremy L. Strong — Mount Ephraim, NJ
“Uninvited Giant Meadowlark”


Want to try your hand at the challenge?
Our contest deadline has passed, but you can still download the tracks and share your composition.

Listen to all the entries:

    Music Playlist
  1. Arctic Migration
    Artist: Danny Dobson

    Listen on Soundcloud

  2. It's Not Spring Yet, But It's Getting There
    Artist: Baobab

    Listen on Soundcloud

  3. Uninvited Giant Meadowlark
    Artist: Jeremy L. Strong

    Listen on Soundcloud

  4. Certhia Americana
    Artist: Marlo Malachi Reynolds

    Listen on Soundcloud


Greg Budney

Produced by:

Jenny Lawton

Comments [3]

dlocutor from Caimito

@Kathy from Maryland
click the link Sounds from the "Remixing Spring Challenge" group.
or go here:

Apr. 16 2013 08:04 AM
kathy from maryland

There's a place on this page that says:
"Listen to all the entries:" but I see no sign of them. I just see the 4 that were finalists listed below under "Music Playlist."

How can one hear the other entries?

Apr. 15 2013 11:08 PM
Josée Lavigne from Quebec, Canada

Loved the ''Uncommoc Love Song''. This is a very interesting initiative to join music and birdsongs. I wish a great spring to all of us!

Apr. 11 2013 03:07 PM

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