Bailey, Jim wrote: > One last question or two, does anybody here know of someone who has done > something completely with birds, animals, samples environmental that was > percussive as these birds were, and last has here anybody used bird calls > and why? Was it for a particualar mood, for example. This is probably not what you're looking for, but there was a prolific French composer named Olivier Messiaen who incorporated bird calls into many of his works. He wrote primarily organ and choral works as I recall. Interesting person, very eccentric, a mystic. For something completely different, there's Paul Winter and the various animal and bird voices he's used over the years. By the way, on one recording which I'm sorry to say I can't identify (having just heard this on the radio in my car), he uses the song of some Amazon River bird (think that's right) which is truly amazing. It is without a doubt the most beautiful bird song I've ever heard, and had I not heard it, I wouldn't have ever imagined a bird could produce shuch sounds. If anybody knows what album this is from, please let me know!