Recorded & composed in summer 2020, Wild Chorus by Harry Ovington reflects a unique moment of global quiet. Today, although Manchester Museum cannot yet reopen its doors, we hope this digital launch will energise and inspire you to reconnect with nature & take action.
In this breath-taking composition, Harry Ovington blends field recordings of nature with sonified weather pattern datasets, capturing 3 separate perspectives of the dawn chorus; the birds, the insects and a person walking through the landscape as the sun rises.
“The aim is to always include a tangible narrative within a piece of music, whether that be environmental concern or a reference to the time in which the piece was being constructed. Also looking at different perspectives from nature.” Harry Ovington
Wild Chorus forms part of Harry Ovington’s Sonic Rewild research project, part of a PhD in composition at The University of Manchester, with the aim of reconnecting audiences to nature through sound and artistically represented environmental information.
Right now, we all carry with us our experiences of lockdown and our hopes for recovery. In our confinement, we listened intently. Might these vivid reconnections with nature lead us to different choices and bring about a wilder future?
Listen now: https://mmfromhome.com/wild-chorus