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Inspired by musician and eco-philosopher David Rothenberg's book of the same title, this documentary explores the intriguing, charming, complex and often conflicting theories on why birds sing like they do and why humans are so attracted to the sound. The film features contributions from musicians including Laurie Anderson, Jarvis Cocker and Beth Orton; enlightening and often startling analysis from some of the world's most eminent birdsong scientists; a literary guide to birdsong in poetry; a bizarre birdsong-themed art 'happening'; the creation of a new musical composition from the Afro-Celt Sound System, entirely made up of manipulated birdsongs; and a strange musical duet at New York's Bronx Aviary, featuring humans and birds.

  1. Archie Powell

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Jarvis Cocker

    Jarvis Cocker

    Himself

  2. Laurie Anderson

    Laurie Anderson

    Herself

  3. Beth Orton

    Beth Orton

    Herself

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Status Released

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  • June 19, 2007
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 20m

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Homepage http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qn8p

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