When a curious photo of a flock of birds perched on powerlines was printed in a local newspaper, Brazillian designer Jarbas Agnelli spied something a little different.


Observing the arrangement of birds on the powerline resembled musical notes on a stave, Agnelli transposed the image into a surprisingly beautiful melody.

Jarbas Agnelli: “Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.

I sent the music to the photographer, Paulo Pinto, who I Googled on the internet. He told his editor, who told a reporter and the story ended up as an interview in the very same newspaper.

Here I’ve posted a short video made with the photo, the music and the score (composed by the birds).”

Such happenstance should motivate struggling composers everywhere – inspiration is only as far away as your garden fence.

Via Wired