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Published on Jul 21, 2015
A year after moving to New York City in 2013, Ben began composing music from bird song and his own voice in order to synthesize his passions into a single idea. The result was a union of two musical languages whose sounds carry meanings and messages beyond the flow of a melody or the rhythm of a beat.
Ben’s talk introduces us to a whole new way of understanding and appreciating diversity in the natural world with music composed entirely from the sounds of wildlife to create an unprecedented synthesis of human and animal vocal music.
Ben is a passionate birder and field ornithologist who has chased birds all over the world, most recently developing a journalistic focus on stories about the intersection of nature and popular culture. He is also a professional beatboxer who has competed nationally while documenting the beatbox world as a writer and videographer.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx