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Art meets activism! An album of fresh South American music, each track inspired by the song of endangered birds.
Art meets activism! An album of fresh South American music, each track inspired by the song of endangered birds.
Art meets activism! An album of fresh South American music, each track inspired by the song of endangered birds.
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UPDATE - A FEW HOURS LEFT!!!

!!! NEW GOAL !!!! - €3,500

As we made our target early we are now aiming for a new target of € 3,500. And once we hit that we will aim for 4,000 :D

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Rhythm and Roots is launching A Guide to the Birdsong of South America, a compilation album highlighting talented musicians from across the continent and challenging them to create a track inspired by the song of an endangered bird from their home country.

EN ESPAÑOL ABAJO

UPDATE 8TH JULY - Confirmed artists / birds

From Patagonia to the Amazon rainforest, South America has some of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet. It is also home to an incredible range of bird species, many of which are under threat of extinction, such as the Hooded Grebe with only around 800 adults left in the wild or the critically endangered Araripe Manakin, endemic to Brazil.

'A Guide to the Birdsong of South America' wants to help tell their tale and spread their song through inspiring music by some of the continent's rising stars. 

Araripe Manakin (Antilophia bokermanni)
Araripe Manakin (Antilophia bokermanni)

The story so far...

The idea began a few years back when, as a producer (El Búho) I started experimenting with the idea of making music inspired by birdsong. I thought, why not use this as the starting block for a compilation to highlight the wave of exciting musicians across South America. So, I reached out to a group of my favourite producers and bands and so it began...

Next up, it was time to find the other stars on this compilation: the birds. Using the IUCN's Red List, I came up with a tentative list of threatened birds from the seven countries represented by the list of artists. Then I took this list to the community birdsong site Xeno Canto to source and get permission to use the rare song samples themselves. Once I had 22 birds, each musician chose their song and species and went to get inspired!

Alongside the music, I wanted to ensure the project also supports the organisations working on the ground to protect these birds. I reached out to an NGO called Aves y Conservación, a member of Birdlife International in Ecuador that works to protect and raise awareness about bird species. Alongside having their support and advice throughout the project, once we have made A Guide to the Birdsong of South America possible here, the proceeds from the album's actual release will go to support Aves y Conservación.

Who will feature on the album?

The artists featured on the compilation represent the new wave of South American musicians or producers revisiting the roots of the region's rich musical tradition in the 21st century. The album will be a diverse snapshot of the region's new sound, from the digital cumbia of Peru's Dengue Dengue Dengue, to the Brazilian 'experimental singer-songwriter-producer', Lucas Santtana

We will be revealing the full track list (and the birds!) as we go along, so watch this space! If you can't wait until then, below is a short clip from one of the tracks made by mystery artist...

I have also been working with the graphic designer Scott Partridge who has created 12 unique illustrations, one for each species.

Where is the project now?

The list of artists is confirmed, they have chosen their birds and are now hard at work making their birdsong inspired tracks. These will be completed in the next month and from there I will send the tracks to be mastered and produce the album. Alongside this, the bird designs are done and looking fantastic so we can't wait to get them printed!

What do you need to bring this to life?

I will need 2,500 Euros to cover the production and distribution of the album. This will cover professional mastering, vinyl pressing and packaging, the illustrations, printing costs and the distribution all over the world. I have all of this lined up and ready to go. 

This is the minimum we need to make A Guide to the Birdsong of South America happen but the more we can make the further this project can travel!

What can I get in return?

In return for your support you will not only get the fuzzy feeling of furthering the cause of endangered birds, you can also get some fantastic rewards to cherish, put on your wall or spin on your record player...

  • An 11 track digital version of the full album with accompanying digital booklet on the birds and the artists
  • A vinyl album with beautifully designed artwork and background information on the birds and the artists
  • A set of 12 unique post-cards - one per species - by American graphic designer Scott Partridge
  • A set of limited edition A3 prints of the birds, also by American graphic designer Scott Partridge

THANK YOU!

I want to thank you personally for taking the time to read this. I hope you will join me as part of this exciting new project that brings together art and activism so we can help spread the word about the need to protect these birds and preserve their inspiring songs.

Just the beginning...

My dream is for this to be the first album in a global series. Why not make 'A Guide to the Birdsong of North America' or 'A Guide to the Birdsong of Africa'. I am also already planning a launch party here in Amsterdam, thinking of the remix album, live shows and even taking the artists that made the track to visit the home of the birds that inspired them! So, there is more to come...

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Versión en Español

Rhythm and Roots va a lanzar ‘A Guide to the Birdsong of South America’, un disco creado con talentosos músicos del continente Sudamericano. Estos músicos han sido desafiados a crear un tema inspirado en el canto de un ave de su pais, no es un canto cualquiera, es el canto de una especie amenzada de extinción.

Este proyecto no solo se compone de 11 de los artistas más interesantes de América del Sur sino que además se propone a aumentar la conciencia sobre las aves en peligro de extinción. Aves como el Zampullín con solamente 800 adultos en estado silvestre en el sur de Argentina o el ‘Araripe Manakin’ que está clasificado como en ‘peligro crítico’.

Araripe Manakin
Araripe Manakin

La historia hasta hoy... 

Todo empezó hace unos años cuando estaba experimentando con la idea de hacer música inspirada por los cantos de las aves. Pensaba, por qué no usarlo como un punto de partida para una compilación con el objetivo de mostrar la nueva ola de músicos en América Latina. Después de haber contactado a algunos productores y grupos, el proyecto empezó a tomar forma. 

El próximo paso era encontrar las otras estrellas del disco: las aves. A través de la ‘lista roja’ del UICN  (el base de dados más exhaustiva del estatus de especies amenazadas) – elaboré una lista de aves en peligro de los países que representan a cada uno de los artistas. De ahí fui a la comunidad de cantos de ave, Xeno Canto para obtener muestras de los cantos y pedir el permiso de usarlas. Teniendo los 22 cantos, pedí a los músicos de eligieran su canto preferido y así obtuvimos la lista final de canciones. 

Aves y Conservación
Aves y Conservación

Junto a la música quería asegurar que el proyecto también apoye a las organizaciones que trabajan para la conservación de estas especies y sus hábitats. Despues de mi investigación, me puse en contacto con una ONG que se llama Aves y Conservación, un miembro de 'Birdlife International' en Ecuador que trabaja para aumentar la conciencia sobre las aves en riesgo dentro del país. Además de su apoyo y consejo para el proyecto, una vez que realicemos 'A Guide to the Birdsong of South America' por Kickstarter, todos los beneficios de la venta del disco se destinarán a Aves y Conservación. 

¿Quien está en el disco? 

Los artistas en la compilación representan la nueva ola de músicos o productores Sudamericanos que están enriqueciendo las raíces de la tradición musical de la región por el siglo XXI. El disco va a ser una muestra diversa del nuevo sonido de la región, desde la cumbia digital del grupo peruano Dengue Dengue Dengue, hasta el cantante experimental brasileño Lucas Santtana. Vamos a revelar la lista de temas (y los pájaros!) sobre la marcha, estén atentos! Si no pueden esperar, acá abajo se encuentra un tema de un artista misterioso!

¿Donde está el proyecto actualmente? 

La lista de artistas está confirmada, ya eligieron sus especies y ahora están trabajando sobre sus temas inspirados por los cantos de esas aves. Las canciones estarán terminadas durante el próximo més de Julio y de ahí masterizaremos los temas y produciremos el disco. Y además, ya tenemos las ilustraciones listas! 

¿Que se necesita para convertir este proyecto en realidad? 

Estimo que voy a necesitar 2,500 Euros para cobrar la producción y distribución del disco. Esto incluye la masterización profesional, la producción de los vinilos, las ilustraciones y su impresión y la distribución a todos lados! Ya tengo todo eso listo! Por su puesto, 2,500 es lo mínimo que necesito para hacer ‘A Guide to the Birdsong of South America’ pero cuanto más se recaude, más lejos podemos llevar el proyecto. 

¿Que ofrecen como recompensas? 

 A cambio de tu apoyo, no solamente estarás ayudando a salvar aves en riesgo de extinción, pero además podrás tener uno de estos increíbles regalos:

  • La versión digital del disco con un librito informativo digital sobre los pájaros y los artistas
  • Un disco vinilo con arte diseñado y toda la información sobre los aves y los artistas
  • Un conjunto de postales (una postal por especies) realizadas por el diseñador americano gráfico - Scott Partridge
  • Un conjunto de posters tamaño A3 con cada pájaro también, diseñados por Scott Partridge 

GRACIAS

Les quiero agradecer por haber tomado el tiempo de leer eso. Espero que me puedan sumar a este viaje que une el arte y el activismo para que podamos difundir la necesidad de proteger estas aves y preservar sus maravillosos cantos. 

Este es solo el principio 

Mi sueño es que este disco se convierte en el primero de una serie global. ¿Por que no hacemos ‘A Guide to the Birdsong of North America’ o 'A Guide to the Birdsong of Africa'?. Ya estoy pensando en el disco de remixes, espectáculos y aún más...llevar a los artistas a visitar los lugares donde habitan las aves que los han inspirado tanto!

Risks and challenges

A risk we saw from the very beginning was getting the permission to use the bird samples themselves. However, I have been working tirelessly to contact and ask for permission for each samples via Xeno-Canto and been amazed at the level of response and support from this community of ornithologists and bird recorders. It wouldn't have been possible without them!

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