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Parrot & Paperback

by R. Weis

A four-part composition created from samples of sounds made by "Congo," an African Grey Parrot, paired with the sound of a paperback book (about the Congo jungle) dropping on the floor.
Genre: Avant Garde: Sound Art
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1. Parrot & Paperback, Pt. I
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2. Parrot & Paperback, Pt. II
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3. Parrot & Paperback, Pt. III
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4. Parrot & Paperback, Pt. IV
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BIRD + BOOK = MUSIC. Sound manipulator R. Weis presents “PARROT & PAPERBACK,” a four-part composition created from samples of sounds made by “Congo,” an African Grey Parrot, paired with the sound of a paperback book (about the Congo jungle) dropping on the floor.

“I decided to work with ‘Congo’ after attending a dinner party where he lives,” says Weis. “During a raucous bit of guest laughter, ‘Congo’s’ nasal voice chimed in from a far corner of the loft squawking ‘Ha Ha Ha… that IS funny!’ Immediately I knew I had to sample this intelligent bird.” Weis continues, “I had also wanted to work with sounds made by a book and decided to combine these two ideas in one project. Originally, many book samples were planned, but as the project developed, ‘Congo’s’ vocalizations were so varied that the composition only needed one book sample to serve as percussion. I then considered which book to sample. A paperback book about the Congo jungle struck me as a good match for ‘Congo’ the parrot.”

R. Weis has been composing with manipulated sound since the 1980s after moving from Pittsburgh, PA to New York City. Originally working as a poet, Weis began manipulating cassette tape to accompany presentations of his creative writing. Soon, he abandoned writing to focus on composing with manipulated sound. Over the last 30 years, his works have been heard in many galleries and museums, on many US radio stations, and on radio in Europe, including on London’s Resonance FM. A self-taught artist, Weis’ compositions are fixed recordings, not performed live.

“PARROT & PAPERBACK” was created on MachFive Sampling Software and Digital Performer Sequencing Software. For more information, visit www.rweis.com.

Sampled, Composed and Mixed by R. Weis
Mastered by Nate Campisi at Mr. Smalls
Graphic Design by Jenn Murray

Extra Special Thanks to "Congo" and his guardians Atticus Adams and Garry Pyles.

Special Thanks to Nate Campisi, Jenn Murray, Nathan Nissim, and Ed Horigome Rice.


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