Songs of Return
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Arney, V. (2024). Songs of Return. IMPACT Printmaking Journal, 3, 9.


As the title suggests, this paper looks at ideas of passage, accumulation and repetition. I record birdsong in southern France where I live and work and make prints by re-visualising them with a sonogram programme.

I walk and listen to the local terrain and while doing so am interested in the dynamic changes that surround me in nature and my emotional meeting point with them. The arrival, departure and movement of birds in the environment

I would like to talk about specific works that illustrate how I use sonograms in the studio and about my low-fi techniques leading to my work with recordings and prints as a musical score for improvisation.
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Jellis, R. (1977) Bird Sounds and Their Meaning

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Roeske, T.C., Kelty- Stephen, D. & Wallot. (2018) Multifractal analysis reveals music-like dynamic structure in songbird rhythms. Sci Rep 8, 4570. https://doi. org/10.1038/s41598-018-22933-2

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