“Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires,” recalls Brazilian composer and filmmaker Jarbas Agnelli. “I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.”
And it was simply beautiful! The photo that inspired Agnelli was taken by photographer Paulo Pinto and was published in Brazilian newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo” in 2009.
Hear the song “Birds on the Wires” for yourself in the video below and see Agnelli’s presentation and performance of this song at TEDx.