Besting Taylor Swift, An Album of Endangered Bird Sounds Reaches Australia’s Music Charts

Photo: Rolling Stone

A collection of natural sounds under threat rivals most of the prominent pop stars in Australia’s music charts. 

In the last month of 2021, Adele has stayed on top in Australia’s best-selling album followed closely by Ed Sheeran, and then a collection of incredible sounds which caught the people’s attention.

 Song of Disappearance is a collection that contains endangered Australian bird sounds. The album has been ranked No. 3 on Australia’s top 50 albums for last month, and it even beat out Taylor Swift. 

The album was produced by Anthony Albrecht, a musician and Ph.D student at Charles Darwin University where his advisor is professor Stephen Garnett. It came together with Albrecht’s arts organization, the Bowerbird Collective. 

“I knew it was an ambitious thing to suggest and — I don’t know. Stephen’s a little bit crazy like me, and he said, let’s do this,” he said as an opinion on the record. 

This album was jointly issued with a university investigation that proved the fact that he Australian bird species are now at risk of extinction with one out every six types being threatened by it. 

In Song of Disappearance, we see a total 53 different birds that have been affected by this phenomenon and some may even be singing sounds people may perceive as bird song. 

“Things like the golden bowerbird — it sounds like a death ray from some cheesy ’70s sci-fi series,” Sean Dooley says. “And then you get to the Christmas Island frigatebird, which the male, it has a flap of skin under its chin that it inflates like a giant red balloon. And so when it’s doing these courtship sounds, it looks incredible as well as sounds bizarre.”

Sean Dooley, the head of Birdlife Australia is excited about this new project. With album sales proceeds going directly towards conservation efforts he knows that this will be an exposure and awareness- raising campaign like never before. 

“When we have community on board, that brings pressure on board to government to do the right thing,” Dooley said. “And we know that these conservation actions do work.”

Charles Darwin University and Birdlife Australia have teamed up in this paper for the sake of endangered birds. They’re using social media to get their message out, with an aim that more species will be saved if these tweets go viral.

Glenda Drewery
Glenda Drewery is a Media Publisher Lead at Music Observer. She works with publishers, broadcasters, news outlets, sports and music organizations, education, and lifestyle brands (among others) to create a healthy ecosystem of diverse content. She ensures clients from the entertainment industry are positioned for success.

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