The Zebra Finches– not only would it make for a good band name, but the birds already have a musical reputation thanks to French artist/composer Celeste Boursier-Mougenot.
Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing sound out of in unexpected sources, redefining how we view everyday situations. His latest installation for the Barbican Centre in London puts a flock of zebra finches in an aviary that functions as a sort of high-tech playground, complete with electric guitars and other musical instruments.
You start to get the feeling the birds have an ear for music, especially when one zebra finch rocks out with a guitar solo, using a twig as a guitar pick.
Absolutely amazing. Maybe that goes to show that music isn’t just sound, but something much deeper that connects all living things. But then again, maybe not.