Winter Birds

by Steve Ashby

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If you’ve ever spent a winter in Virginia, you know the weather can be a bit topsy-turvy. Snow storms one day, 70 degrees and sunny the next. Not only does it play tricks with our human body chemistry, but the wildlife outside our doors as well.

The impetus for this project took place in the winter of 2015, as I heard birds singing in the middle of a snowstorm. Pretty heavy winds, snow, sleet, and the songs of birds. The backbone of this work hinges on field recording made during that winter. Each piece builds upon these field recordings by exploring the resonant frequencies embedded within to present their musical qualities in a minimalist soundscape.

"A great immersive experience. The sounds created are rich and intriguing.... quite an intensive listening experience, and I had to make sure that I was not distracted." - Joo Won Park

"Industrial ambience mixes with birdsong and other elemental noises to conjure up a dense, anxious sonic space.... the roiling, ecstatic drones and found elements that result are a testament both to the season and to his talent." - Marc Weidenbaum,

"...evocative of the damp, grey winters of the Mid-Atlantic region... a sonic image that recalls those moments at twilight when birdsong becomes particularly salient." - Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News


released June 10, 2016

composed, performed, and mixed by Steve Ashby
mastered by Taylor Deupree

cover art design by PJ Sykes


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Producer, composer, musician sound artist based in Richmond, VA.

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