David Bird

“Mirrors” is defined by its graphic use of noise, drone, saturation, and microtonal harmony. For this project Bird, an untrained vocalist, recorded and looped his own voice, which he then layered, pitch-shifted, distorted, and assembled into a howling and continuous choir. The album explores themes of dysmorphia, isolation, digital mediation, and rebellion.

David Bird is a composer and producer from Southern California. He is currently based in New York City. His work explores the dramatic potential of acoustic instruments, electronic elements, and multimedia environments, often highlighting the relationships between technology and the individual. His work has been performed internationally at venues and festivals such as the MATA festival in New York City; the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands; the Wien Modern Festival in Vienna, Austria; the SPOR festival in Aarhus, Denmark; the IRCAM Manifeste Festival in Paris, France; the Musica Electronica Nova Festival in Wrocław, Poland; and the Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, Spain. He has composed and collaborated with groups like the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Jack Quartet, the Bozzini Quartet, Yarn/Wire, the Talea Ensemble, Mantra Percussion, the Mivos Quartet, the Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music (OENM), AUDITIVVOKAL Dresden, Ensemble Proton Bern, Loadbang, TAK Ensemble, andPlay, and the Nouveau Classical Project.

He is a founding member of the New York-based chamber ensemble TAK, and an artistic-director with Qubit New Music, a non-profit group that curates and produces experimental music events in New York City.

“Mirrors” was composed and recorded in New York City in the spring of 2020.

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