Friday, October 17, 2014

It’s The Little Things: Beauty In The Ordinary

Each one of us interprets what we see in different ways. For example, in the photo below, I see parallel wires, soft clouds, a blue sky, a flock of birds...all the obvious things.


But I also see a non-conformist pigeon to the left, which makes this ordinary sighting a tad more interesting. And so my camera’s shutter button is pressed to capture the moment.

It’s all about perception, and Brazilian composer Jarbas Agnelli certainly can attest to that. While reading the newspaper one morning, he noticed a photograph of birds in silhouette perched on parallel wires, and interpreted what he saw as music. He cut out the image and made a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes.

The result is magical, and a testimony to the beauty in the ordinary:



And who knew that crows are (secretly) such great composers...

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

30 comments:

  1. wonderful post! I've seen the musical birds - truly amazing and wonderful!!

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    1. It is such a cool idea! And the result is so beautiful.

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  2. Good perspective shot of the pigeons--nice to see a non-conformist! The Birds on the Wire piece is pretty neat!

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    1. That piece of music is beautiful. And even a little haunting!

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  3. So cool! "The harmony of nature," eh? He has both a photographer's eye and a musician's ear.

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  4. interesting post, amazing video, and that non-conformist!

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    1. I love the non-conformist bird. Why be like all the rest?

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  5. That far left pigeon is a rebel! :) Interesting story about the Brazilian composer.

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    1. S/he is definitely a rebel! You gotta love that :)

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  6. Wow that is so neat arranging music like that. There are so many beautiful things in this world! :)

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    1. Oh yes, there are so many beautiful things in this world!

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  7. That is amazing. How wonderful that we have "artsy" types that see things like this.

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    1. The world is a more interesting place with artsy people in it!

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  8. It is lovely and proves that life is full of music and magic, all we have to do is look for it.
    p.s. - I came by way of A Half Baked Notion's blog, saw the comment you left and it intrigued me. You've a wonderful blog and it is inspiring me to update and freshen my own dated blog. I'm now a new follower of yours.

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    1. Welcome! It is always fun to meet new bloggers. I will have to check out your blog. Yes, life is definitely full of music and magic.

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  9. If I were a bird I would definitely be the non-conformist pigeon sitting on the left.

    You have a good weekend too, Martha :)

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  10. Great photo Martha and that video is just amazing! I think the pigeon is just keeping a lookout for hawks!

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    1. You are probably right...that pigeon could definitely be looking out for hawks. But my artistic side likes to think that s/he is being a rebel. Makes for a more interesting perspective!

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  11. I'm always amazed by birds ability to work in groups

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  12. So much to see, Martha. And hear.
    I really like your 'composition' a lot.
    happy weekend to you and yours.

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    1. Thanks, Jim. I hope you're all having a good weekend. Yes, there is so much to see and hear if we just pay attention!

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  13. How beautiful and special, wow bet Stacy likes it a lot too lol good girl have a lovely weekend !

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    1. Always something beautiful to discover, Lorraine! All we need to do is look and listen.

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  14. This is something extraordinary Martha! Wonderful!
    I came to your blog(after a long gap) and got to know such an amazing thing. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Chirasree! It's so nice to see you here again :)

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