Crow Stone Tone Poem

Crow Stone Tone Poem
2016-20, interspecies score and soundscape, 02:08
In collaboration with Simon Lysander Overstall, and a crow

A collaboration with a free-living crow who lives in the territory that includes my home. This project is based on interspecies play using stones, initiated by the adult crow who gifted me a pebble as acknowledgement for water I left for his family. The ten stone arrangements that the crow and I created were adapted into a score. 

The soundscape above is composed using the score, and field recordings of the crow’s calls, and Julie’s theremin responses. 

Simon created a piece of software that resonated the sound recordings with virtual materials representing the stones in the arrangements—granite, marble and sandstone. A toned crow sound and a toned theremin sound was associated with each stone. These new toned sounds were then composed into a soundscape using the stone arrangements of the score.

The score has also been performed live. See performance by Giorgio Magnanensi, Vancouver New Music, Polydimensional scores“, 2020.

Stone arrangements (score):

Associated Review:
Smith, Janet. “Beyond notation: Emily Carr Univeristy students’ creations inspire a world of sound.” Stir: Arts + Culture. December 7, 2020