Chit-chat is an interactive sound installation that transforms a human vocalization into birdsong. When a participant speaks or sings into a microphone, their voice is transformed into a bird-call.

The sound of the bird-call is determined by the musical characteristics (pitch variation, loudness) of whatever the participant says or sings into the mic. This bird-call triggers further calls from the other bird-boxes, which are also shaped by the original vocalization. The result is a musical ‘conversation’ with a flock of ‘birds’.

The installation was built with Max7 software, with additional use of IRCAM’s FTM&Co library.

Chit-chat is the third work in Nicholas Brown’s ongoing series of bird-box installations, following An Audience with the Trees (2005) and Bird Chamber (2009).

It featured in SOUND CHECK, an exhibition at Science Gallery, Dublin, June 9 – Sept 24, 2017.