The crazed gulls of St Ives
The gulls in St Ives bay were going crazy (photo courtesy of Giulia). Alongside the usual raucous shouts you’d expect, they were making noises more like something from a mewling cat or a crying baby, scarcely moving as I wandered right up to them to record everything. For the remix, given such an extraordinary chorus from the birds, I decided to use nothing at all apart from tiny snippets of the gulls’ cries, with a huge amount of processing and layering. Since they had a natural kind of music about them, the resulting sounds I made were beautifully organic and took on a life of their own, resulting in this little drone piece, which I think sounds much nicer than these screaming, chip-hungry monsters.