Original image from NASA Mars Exploration Rover - Manipulated image - Alan Smith 

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Solresol birdsong translator.

This project involves building a "Bird Translator" that will listen to bird song and translate to human language. This utilises the Solresol musical language invented by Francois Sudre from 1827 onward. The bird song is analysed and converted to musical notes in groups of four. These four note “words” are then looked-up in Sudre’s Solresol-English dictionary. Each note is also assigned a colour of the rainbow.  The system can then output the birdsong, notes, words and colours in a variety of configurations. 

This work forms part of my practice-based PhD in Fine Art at Newcastle University funded by the AHRC, Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.