Michael Hearst's SONGS FOR UNUSUAL CREATURES Earth's strangest animals and the music they inspire.
Earth's most peculiar animals paired with Earth's most peculiar music. This episode features the "Aye-aye," a nocturnal lemur from Madagascar, and the Kronos Quartet.
Credits: Shot and edited by Joe Beshenkovsky. Written by Joe Beshenkovsky and Michael Hearst. Art direction by Arjen Noordeman and Christie Wright of Elasticbrand. Background: The concept for this show stems from the book Unusual Creatures and the album Songs For Unusual Creatures, by Michael Hearst.
Unusual Creatures (book, Chronicle Kids, 2012) -- Featuring 50 of Earth's strangest animals, complete with facts, humor, illustrations, maps, scientific info, and quizzes.
Songs For Unusual Creatures (CD, Urban Geek Records, 2012) -- An album of instrumental songs inspired by some of Earth's most peculiar animals: dugong, aye-aye, magnapinna squid, Chinese giant salamander, blue-footed booby, elephant shrew, tardigrade, etc. The album features guests musicians, including Kronos Quartet, The Microscopic Septet, Margaret Leng Tan, the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots; and also features some of the strangest musical instruments on the planet: daxophone, theremin, claviola, stylophone, glass armonica, tubax.