Thursday, 22 August 2013

The Landlords

Ravens have a cagey range of Foley effects, mechanical-sounding riffs you would never suspect from a bird. One is a deep Vibraslap, like a roulette spinning in the treetops. Another is four ascending pops, like a temple block glissando. The Vibraslap means, "Yeah, well… anyway." And the glissando: "Bob's your uncle!" You live with it, and you start to grok.

Primates don't think much of birds. Even Koko the gorilla jeered her researchers by signing "Bird!" at them. But those ravens.

You can take my word for it. Humans do not run this planet.

(Adapted from 100 Days on the Mountain, copyright RK Henderson. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and a generous photographer.)
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