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

Crow Stone Tone Poem is the first project in a series of on-going collaborations with a free-living crow family who live in the territory that includes Julie’s home. This project is based on interspecies play using stones, initiated by the adult male crow who gifted a pebble to Julie, in the summer of 2015, as acknowledgement for water she left for his family. The ten stone arrangements were adapted into a score used to compose a soundscape made up of field recordings of the crow’s calls, and Julie’s theremin responses. 

Simon created a piece of software that resonated the sound recordings with 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 as a score.

Stone arrangements: