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David Rothenberg improvises with Nightingales In Berlin

Following last year’s documentary, Rothenberg continues his search for an international band of birds in his new book

What happens when you join a nightingale in song, asks philosopher and musician David Rothenberg in Nightingales In Berlin: Searching For The Perfect Sound. Published a year after a documentary of the same name about Rothenberg’s quest to improvise with the species, the book charts his progress through dialogue, travel records, sonograms and tours of Berlin’s city parks. It also discusses the place animal music occupies in our collective imagination.

You can watch a trailer of last year’s documentary below. The book Nightingales In Berlin: Searching For The Perfect Sound is published by University of Chicago Press.

In September 2017 Clive Bell delved into the musical partnership found in birdsong contests across the globe. You can read his article (and other essays from Wire writers), in our In Writing section.