A Guide to the British Non-Passerines, 2002

Digital video, SD 720 × 576 4:3
32:56 min, loop
Performed by Marcus Coates
Camera and sound by Marcus Coates
Produced by Wysing Arts

Bird species are taxonomically divided into two groups, passerines (perching birds) and non-passerines (non-perching birds). Coates digitally slowed down recordings of calls from 86 non-passerine species native to Britain. He filmed himself mimicking these slowed calls. The resulting video footage was then sped up to the original tempo of each bird producing an accurate human vocal record of these bird calls.