No Birds Land

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Duration10 minutes

No Birds Land sound poem

CC-BY-NC: Tamsin Grainger

A soundwalk in the Trinity Tunnel, Edinburgh, drawing attention to the fact that during the 2 minutes it takes to walk through the tunnel, 2 pairs of breeding birds will disappear in the UK.
Once part of the railway located between Trinity and Trinity Junction, the Trinity Tunnel is now absorbed into the cycle path network. It is 183 paces long and an eerie, birdsound-less place. No birds land there. At either end are arresting signs – Stop Listen to the Birds! and a QR code which takes you to a Soundcloud recording of a sound poem made up of human-appropriated bird sounds. Along the walls are old cable hooks on which hang festoons of bunting, each triangular pennant sporting a bird illustration from found materials. On the reverse are common bird-sound written words, rough translations of bird song.
August – November coinciding with the Edinburgh Festival, the RSPB Revive Our World, and the Glasgow COP26. In partnership with RSPB and Sustrans.

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Tamsin Grainger

United Kingdom

I am a walker, writer, collector of images and sounds and Shiatsu practitioner. I live in Edinburgh, Scotland for half the year and travel for the other 6 months. My first sound installation is in the Trinity Tunnel of the Edinburgh cycle path network. I p...

Near Trinity Path, Edinburgh, UK

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