Dinosaur Dawn

Fellow-blogger Jenny Woolf, commented on my speculation that, as birds were descended from dinosaurs, perhaps dinosaurs sang like birds. She said perhaps their songs would have been at a very different pitch (what with dinosaurs being generally bigger than their feathered descendants) and that she’d never heard birdsong slowed down.

This seemed like an opportunity to, well, slow down some birdsong. I’ve entitled the resulting piece of sound art Dinosaur Dawn. I don’t know if this is what forests sounded like first thing in the morning 70 million years ago but you never know…




11 thoughts on “Dinosaur Dawn

    1. I thought the slowed down pigeon-cooing was the most convincing effect. Interesting, too, how some slowed down little birds sounded uncannily like bigger birds.

  1. I wonder if the Great Blue Herons I’ve been photographing recently would respond to this; they do remind me a lot of dinosaurs 🙂

    Of course, it’s amazing how high pitched some of the larger birds are, like the Eagle; so perhaps those huge dinosaurs sang really high-pitched songs.

    1. Since I posted this I’ve been wondering what birdsong might tell us about the dinosaurs if only we knew what we were looking for in it. It’s tantalising.

    1. According to Wikipedia, “The earliest identifiable insect is the Devonian Rhyniognatha hirsti, estimated at 407 to 396 million years ago. Forms similar to many modern insects had already evolved before the dawning of the dinosaur and lived alongside them and beyond up to the present day.”

  2. Fascinating! Now I have a mental picture of those giant creatures stomping and lumbering through the forest emitting these gentle sounds, probably saying something like: breakfast time!

    Congratulations on the new blog, Dominic, it looks fine.

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