Man plays music out of birds sitting on a wire

A musician has proven he is quite the songbird by creating a composition inspired by a feathered flock perching on some telephone wires.

Jarbas Agnelli from Brazil, 46, spotted a picture of the birds in a newspaper and noticed they were arranged like notes on a musical score.

‘I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes,’ he said.

‘I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.’

He arranged his score using a xylophone, bassoon, oboe and clarinet. However, he was reluctant to take credit for the beautiful piece.

‘The pleasing melody is not my invention. It was the birds’ idea,’ he said.

‘The notes are the exact position of the birds (in between the lines). The rhythm is a interpretation of their position, since there are no bar lines.’

He posted his piece on the creative video sharing site Vimeo, and it quickly struck a chord with fellow artists.

‘I love those natural, man-made cross overs. This one works a treat,’ said one, while another described the work as ‘inspirational.’

Mr Agnelli sent his music to Paulo Pinto – the photographer who took the original image. He forwarded it to his editor, and the story ended up in the same Brazilian newspaper that featured the picture.

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