Relational Transmissions is a sound sculpture that re-creates a song repertoire of a flock of urban Starlings using a generative playback program of car alarm samples. Through this sculpture, the behaviours of mimicry and imitation are explored by creating a simulated flock of birds nesting in a simulated nest. Through direct observation of a flock of Starlings in my urban neighbourhood I heard the Starlings mimicking car alarm sounds from a nearby car garage. This led me to imagine a world where synthetic materials, electronics, and computer algorithms replaced the flora and fauna of the present urban environment.
The sculpture consists of a tower reaching up towards the ceiling with a bird nest made of synthetic materials. Located inside the nest is a computer, amplifier, and speakers. The playback software has been programmed to randomly play the samples while changing their pitch and tempo. The speakers point down in the nest creating a listening space under the tower.