Dangerous Song

February 9th, 2017

Dangerous Song, Linsey Pollak and Lizzie O'Keefe

Dangerous Song – Linsey Pollak  & Lizzie O’Keefe


Once upon a time there was a planet called Earth. Over many millions of years, a rich, complex and beautiful ecosystem developed with an incredible variety of lifeforms. Over time one of the animal species in this ecosystem became dominant and their impact on the planet was so massive that many of the other species could no longer survive and became extinct. We take up the story during this extinction period, but the story is not told with words, as words have fallen on too many deaf ears for too long and people have stopped listening. Dangerous Song is a story told through sound, combining the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals which speak directly to the heart in a way that words cannot.

This collaboration between Linsey and Lizzie began in January 2015 with a strong musical rapport creating a new musical language with structured, yet very free improvisation at its core. Linsey plays the animal calls using a midi wind controller where breath, lip pressure and fingering control real animal call samples. Lizzie joins him, weaving her voice in and out of the musical landscape of animal sounds. It’s a musical journey that takes us into a world of sound where the human and the animal combine. A sort of sonic morphing.

  1. Kauai oo & Yosemite – Kauai Oo (EX), Yosemite Toad (EN), Mexican Wolf (LC)
  2. Nawar and Athar – Humpback Whale (LC), Houston Toad (EN), Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (EN)
  3. 13 Loons – Common Loon (LC), Ring Tailed Lemur (EN), Mexican Wolf (LC), Tasmanian Devil (EN), Spiny Lobster (VU)
  4. Hoo Dunnit – Blakiston’s Fish Owl (EN), Helmetted Thornbill (EN), Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (EN)
  5. Expectation – Blue Throated Macaw (CR), Sharp Snouted Torrent frog (CR), Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (EN)
  6. Deep Ocean Sabah – Beluga Whale (VU), Humpback Whale (LC) 
  7. Spiders – Kroombit Tinker Frog (CR), Pileated Gibbon (EN), Common Mist Frog (EN)
  8. Creatures of the Deep – Humpback Whale (LC), Atlantic Blue Whale (CR)
  9. Gibbon Lachrimae – Crested Gibbon (CR)

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