April 21, 2020

When I released the album, this track wasn't on it, mainly because a car had gone by in the middle, and there was also occasional wind distortion. 

However, I listened to it later and thought it was so lovely and busy... so I cleaned it up, removed the car and the wind...

June 18, 2018

Starlings. They are everywhere - Orkney certainly has a large number, and when I was a child Dad considered them to be a pest. 

Their songs are a raucous rendition of various imitations of other birds (and phones, car alarms, etc!) as well as their own odd chatteri...

May 9, 2018

Blackbirds remind me of Spring evenings, and sitting outside listening to their beautiful songs at dusk.

Dad used to tell us that they have their own regional accents, too, and he knew a chap who would tell you where a blackbird was from just by listening to it.

I have b...

May 30, 2017

It's one of those days, where it's actually calm enough to record. I drove the short distance from here to Aikerness, around 6am, and recorded the terns there. The birds were gathering on the rocks by the shore and making nice a bit of noise, so I crept as close as I d...

May 21, 2017

This morning I had the most incredible experience! We were driving around, just getting a feel for where I could record. (That is, myself and my husband, who doesn't mind driving if I'm a big groggy early in the morning). 

Anyway, we passed this house with a l...

May 19, 2017

 An exciting moment came this morning when I was woken around 4am by a very loud and persistent wren, singing its heart out in the fuchsia bush not far from the front door. Through the fog of sleep I managed to drag myself up, grab the recorder and the mic, and qu...

May 1, 2017

I'm Fiona Driver. I'm a musician and composer up here in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, but recently I've started another project.... recording Orkney's wonderful wildlife! It's mostly birds - after all, hares and voles don't make much noise and th...

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