Night Songs for the Birds of North America

Night Songs is a four-channel audio composition exploring translation, memory, and mass extinction in the anthropocene, installed in the Lincoln Park Conservatory’s Fern Room, curated by Experimental Sound Studio. Dumas arranged six common human lullabies (from memory), stretching the songs’ durations to an hour’s length. Then Dumas gathered the calls of North American avian species considered vulnerable, endangered, and extinct. Dumas (piano), Whitney Johnson (strings), and Josh Bell (horns) improvised in response to the calls, and these recorded melodic fragments play at random, gradually degrading, becoming wind, over the duration of the exhibition.

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Joshua Dumas is a composer, sound artist, filmmaker, and writer, working in multiple media.

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