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An album of electronic music inspired by the songs of endangered birds from Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean.
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A Guide to the Birdsong of Central America, Mexico & the Caribbean

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The story so far...

For many years I have been making and releasing music inspired by nature, either as my own project El Búho or through our label Shika Shika alongside Agustin AKA Barrio Lindo. 

Five years ago I had an idea – to challenge some of the most talented producers and musicians from South America to create a track inspired by the song of an endangered bird from their country. The tracks would be compiled to make an album, with funds raised from its sale used to support people working to save these incredible bird species. 

We raised 150% of our Kickstarter goal for this project, created the album A Guide to the Birdsong of South America , released it digitally and on vinyl, and raised almost 15,000 USD for two NGOs in South America. The project received comprehensive media coverage, from the BBC to Billboard, and we sold all of our stock of vinyls, as well as a range of beautifully designed t-shirts and posters.  

My dream was for "A Guide to the Birdsong..." to become a series of albums from all over the world, and after the incredible success of Volume I,  we are back with Volume II: A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Why this region and why now?

Birds are highly responsive to environmental change and so are very valuable indicators of the health of the natural world. If birds go extinct, so will many other species. Today, one in eight of the world’s 10,000 bird species is threatened with extinction, with more than 200 categorised as Critically Endangered. Their decline is almost exclusively linked to human impacts such as deforestation, agricultural expansion, urban growth and global heating.

Mexico has a huge diversity of bird species, with 1,100 different birds recorded, of which 108 are endemic. Meanwhile, Central America is home to over 1,500 species, though unfortunately more than half of these species have shown sharp declines. Finally, the Caribbean is considered a biodiversity hotspot, mainly due to the number of endemic species found there. For example, over 110 species can only be found on one island!

Our hope is that by using electronic music we can not only highlight these iconic species, but encourage greater protection of the natural world. Something we need to do now more than ever. 

Which artists will feature on this album?

As on Volume I, “A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean" will feature a selection of ten exciting producers and artists from the region, whose styles explore and reinterpret the region's rich musical tradition in the 21st century. We will be announcing the artists as we go, so watch this space.

Which birds will feature on this album?

Using the IUCN Red List we have selected a range of endangered and threatened species whose populations are declining. Our ten artists have chooseb one species that they identify with from this selection, the songs of which will inspire their music for our album. We will reveal the species with the artists soon, but you can get a sneak preview below of two of our stars... 

How does the project work?

  • Step 1: We curate and invite a number of exciting artists from the region to participate. 
  • Step 2: We use the IUCN Red List to identify a selection of Threatened and Endangered species from the region
  • Step 3: We cross-check with the birdsong recording community site Xeno Canto to ensure a recording of these birds actually exists. 
  • Step 4: We share a preview of two or three birds from their region with each artist.
  • Step 5: The artist chooses their bird, we send them the song recordings, photos and background information
  • Step 6: Each artist produces one track inspire by the song or the bird itself.
  • Step 7: We collect, master and produce the compilation

Where will the money go?

The completely non-profit project will support three organisations from the region: Fundación Txori which works to save and reintroduce endangered birds in Mexico, Aves de Costa Rica which the study, investigation and conservation of Costa Rican  birds and their habitats and finally Birds Caribbean, the largest the largest, regional non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats in the region.

What do you need to bring this to life?

To ensure we can donate as much as possible we will need around 3,000 pounds to cover the production and distribution of the vinyl album, the mastering, all of the design work and PR work to get the album out into the world. 

Where is the project now?

The list of artists is confirmed, they have chosen their birds and they are ready to start creating their tracks. The artists have until the end of the year to create the track and from there I will send the tracks to be mastered and produce the album. Alongside this, the bird designs are done (again by Scott Partridge) and looking fantastic! 

THANK YOU!

I want to thank you personally for taking the time to read this or watch the video and thank you again if you backed the first project and this one! 

We hope the beauty of these incredible species can inspire more people to stop, listen and take courageous action on some of the biggest challenges of our time. 

Together we can ensure these songs live on for generations to come. 

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A Guide to the Birdsong of Central America, Mexico & the Caribbean

La Historia

He estado haciendo y lanzando música por varios años con mi propio proyecto El Búho y a través de nuestro label Shika Shika.Cinco años atrás, tuve la idea de curar un álbum que desafiaba a los productores y artistas más brillantes de Sudamérica a crear una pieza musical inspirada en el canto de un ave de su país de origen. El resultado fue “A Guide to the Birdsong of South America”, un álbum de 10 canciones por 10 artistas inspirados por el canto de 10 aves en peligro de extinción, con el fin de concientizar acerca de la situación y el trato a las especies en sus hábitat. 

 He llevado a Kickstarter a través de mi pequeño label, y hemos logrado un 150% de nuestro objetivo financiero, que además apoyó la creación de un álbum lanzado en vinilo y digital, y reunió casi 15.000 USD para dos ONGs en Sudamérica, gracias a la venta del álbum, camisetas y posters, contando con cobertura de medios desde Billboard hasta BBC.

Mi sueño fue siempre realizar una serie de volúmenes alrededor del mundo, y ahora luego del increíble éxito del Volumen I, estamos de vuelta con la segunda edición: A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean que será lanzada por nuestro colectivo Shika Shikam junto a mi compañero y productor musical Agustín AKA Barrio Lindo.

 ¿Cómo funciona el proyecto? 

  • Paso 1: Hemos seleccionado e invitado un número de grandes artistas de la región a participar.
  • Paso 2: Usamos el archivo IUCN Red List para identificar las especies en peligro de extinción de la zona
  • Paso 3: Comprobamos si las grabaciones de los pájaros son las correctas y si aún existen a través del sitio Xeno Canto.
  • Paso 4: Compartiremos un registro de dos o tres aves por región a cada artista.
  • Paso 5: El artista escoge su pájaro, y nosotros enviamos información y el sample correspondiente con cada pájaro
  • Paso 6: Cada artista produce un track inspirado en el pájaro que ha elegido
  • Paso 7: Reunimos todos los tracks, masterizamos y producimos la compilación

 ¿Por qué ahora y por qué esta región? 

Como los canarios en las minas de carbón, los pájaros son altamente sensibles al cambio ambiental y son un índice muy confiable acerca de la salud del planeta. Si un ave se extingue, indica que muchas otras especies también lo harán. Hoy en día, una de ocho de las 10.000 especies en el mundo se han extinguido, y otras 200 están en un serio riesgo de desaparecer. El motivo es casi exclusiva responsabilidad del impacto humano, como por ejemplo como consecuencia de la deforestación, expansión agrícola, crecimiento urbano y cambio climático.

Nuestra esperanza es que a través de la música electrónica, poniendo en primer plano esas especies icónicas, podamos ayudar a la conciencia y acción en post de la protección de la bella y diversa fauna y flora de nuestro planeta México es el décimo país en el mundo con más diversidad en términos de especies de aves. Más de 1,100 especies, de las cuales 108 solo se encuentran en territorio mexicano.

Mientras tanto, América central es hogar de 1500 especies, pero tristemente más de la mitad de estas especies han demostrado una gran declinación. Finalmente, el Caribe es considerado un punto central de la biodiversidad principalmente gracias a un número de especies endémicas encontradas aquí. Por ejemplo, más de 110 especies pueden ser encontradas en una sola isla.

 ¿Que artistas y pájaros presentaremos en este album? 

Como en la primera edición, “A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean” presentará una selección de 10 talentosos productores y artistas de la región, cuyo estilo explora y reinterpreta la riqueza de la tradición musical de su región en el siglo XXI. Además, juntos hemos elejido 10 especies amenezadas o en peligro de extinccion de la region. Vamos a revelar los artistas y las especies pronto! 

 ¿Donde irá el dinero? 

Hemos identificado tres ONGs que nosotros apoyaremos con este proyecto: Fundación Txori en México, Aves de Costa Rica quienes estudian, investigan y conservan especies en territorio de Costa Rica, además de Birds Caribbean, la ONG más grande de la región dedicada a la conservación de aves y habitantes de la región.

¿Que necesitamos para volver este proyecto realidad?

Para asegurarnos que podremos donar lo máximo posible, necesitamos 3,000 Euros para cubrir los costos de producción y distribución del álbum. Produciremos más vinilos esta vez y también nos esforzamos para hacer que más gente escuche y apoye este proyecto.

¿Dónde está el proyecto ahora? 

La lista de artistas está confirmada, ellos ya han escogido el ave que los inspirará a  comenzar a crear sus tracks. Los artistas tendrán hasta final de año para crear el track y luego masterizamos todo el álbum y produciremos su fabricación. Paralelamente los diseños de cada ave están listos, y son hermosos! No podemos esperara a tenerlos impresos :)  

¡Gracias!

Quiero agradecer personalmente por haberse tomado el tiempo de leer o ver nuestro video, y gracias a ti de nuevo si haz apoyado el Vol I y esta nueva edición. Espero que tu ayuda colabore a realizar este proyecto muy especial. Esperamos que la belleza de estas especies increíbles puedan inspirar a más personas a detenerse, escuchar y accionar con coraje a uno de los desafíos más grandes de nuestro tiempo.

Juntos podemos asegurarnos que estos cantos sean escuchados por las futuras generaciones 

Risks and challenges

Some of the risks we identified in the previous edition was not being able to find the songs from the birds. Another risk was that we were unable to get permission to use the songs but luckily we have worked very closely with Xeno Canto and are confident this will not be a major challenge. Having already done this project once we are aware of what it takes and excited to build on the first volume.

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Uno de los riesgos que identificamos en la primera edición, fue no ser capaces de encontrar grabaciones de estos cantos. Otro riesgo era que no sea posible obtener permisos para el uso de estas grabaciones, pero por suerte hemos trabajado de cerca junto a Xeno Canto y tenemos confianza de que esto no será un gran desafío.

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