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283 ACK NOW LEDGM ENTS In researching and writingthis book, I havebenefited from the generosity , enthusiasm, and expertise of many humans. If I were limited to one thank-you, however, it would be to these explosive, inventive, unimaginable vocalists, beginning with Two Tree, the maestro of combinatoriality . Thank you to the Alice Springs virtuosos who reside at Palm Place, EmilyGap,Aurora,Gosse,AraluenArtsCentre,Todd,MilnerRoad,Irija, Newhaven, and the Racecourse. Temple Bar sang (and well) in 2014 from 12:10 am to 6:20 am with scarcely a break. Kempeana Crescent was a cellist in another life. The birds at Trephina Ridges Music Camps seem to run their own spring festival. In North Queensland, a number of virtuosos in Bowen, Mount Surprise ,andChartersTowerscontinuetosingdespitethedroughtandshortened songs. I hope Cameron will return to the vocal facility I used to hear there. Greens Park (Georgetown) excelled in timbral tricks, delivered in the midst of other phrases straight out of Mozart, and I am grateful for fiveconsecutivenightswiththisbirdin2015.TheotherGeorgessingquite differently one from the other and very well indeed: George van Park, George Goldfields, and George Cumberland. The Wogarno ensemble made it all happen. The duetists at Tibooburra were ace. I thank the Ross River Resort birds for briefly including me in their ensemble. The extended family of seven or eight birds in Esk developed a sense of rhythm and phrasing that would be the envy of jazz musicians . The ensemble songs of Sandstone Point were among my favorite 284 Acknowledgments until the birds evicted me in 2014. In Duaringa, I called him “Duaringa King” until thisvirtuoso mobbed metwo yearsrunning with species calls andbeakclaps.Iranbacktothecar;hefollowedmethewholeway,forcing me to acknowledge that he had quit the project. Arthur (Bay, Magnetic Island) was the first bird to mimic as I stood underneath; other memorable soloists who appended mimicry include IlparpaRoad (thanksforthehorsewhinny),Wordsworth,BurkeandWills, South Terrace, and Heavitree Gap. Flapper in Maleny takes the award as the most photogenic bird. Thank you to Alice Springs Archery Summit for my elegant ringtone. Early discussions with François-Bernard Mâche were crucial (Penny AllenandCharlesNemesfacilitatedthis),aswerethosewithVickiPowys, former sound editor of the Australian Wildlife Sound Recording Group. Vicki rallied the group’s members to share their extant pied butcherbird recordings with me: Tony Baylis, Jenny Beasley, Harold Crouch, Sydney Curtis, Stuart Fairbairn, Bill Flentje, Peter Fullagar, Gloria Glass, Andree Griffin, Helen Horton, Tony Howard, John Hutchinson, Gayle Johnson, David Lumsdaine, Howard Plowright, Vicki Powys, Bill Rankin, Andrew Skeoch,DaveStewart,BobTomkins,andFredVanGesselcontributed,as well as others who had deposited their recordings with the Australian NationalWildlifeCollectionattheCommonwealthScientificandIndustrial ResearchOrganisation(CSIRO).Myworkisindebtedtotheirrecordings, correspondence, and support. Vicki, Syd, and David were particularly devoted and thought-provoking correspondents who pushed this work to a higher level. A great many other individuals shared insights and references as my research progressed, especially Dominique Lestel, Björn Merker, Debbie Bird Rose, and Constance Scharff. Other memorable conversations were with Jeffrey Bussolini, Matthew Chrulew, Vinciane Despret, Chris Herzfeld , Gisela Kaplan, Alan Marett, Susan McClary, Lesley Rodgers, and Gary Tomlinson. I am grateful to LJ and David Campbell from Wogarno Station, where I first heard pied butcherbirds; they welcomed my partner, Jon Rose, and me back multiple times with unequaled hospitality. I met Dario Martinelli and David Rothenberg at the First (it was) Annual (it was, unfortunately, not) International Conference on Zoömusicology : “NightinGala,” which they chaired. At this intimate event, along Acknowledgments 285 with Dario and David, other key people came into my life, including the scientists Henrike Hultsch, Constance Scharff, Ofer Tchernichovski, and Dietmar Todt. Henrike and Constance facilitated a brief residency at the Institute of Biology, Freie Universität (supported by a UTS International Researcher Development grant), where I studied nightingales. Dietmar took me to lunch while I was in Berlin, and we discussed our mutual work over a terrific asparagus pizza. Ofer invited me for a residency at his Hunter College Laboratory of Vocal Learning (where I also had conversations with Eathan Janney, Irene Pepperberg, and Diana Reiss) and to attend the Music in Neuroscience Conference in Monte Verità. I also enjoyedconversationsatColumbiaUniversitywithDarcyKelley ,AnaMaría Ochoa, and Douglas Repetto. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invited me to speak, and I am grateful to their Raven team, especially Ann Warde. In the decade of my research, I have been fortunate to have been supported by the following institutions, in reverse chronological order: Macquarie University (Julian Knowles); University of Technology Sydney (AnneCranny-Francis);Laboratoired’Eco-anthropologie&Ethnobiologie ,Muséumnationald’Histoirenaturelle,Paris(DominiqueLestel);and theUniversityofWesternSydney(MichaelAtherton).Myyearasafellow atWissenschaftskollegzuBerlinInstituteforAdvancedStudy(2011–2012) was life-changing, and I thank...


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  • Birdsongs -- Australia.
  • Butcherbirds -- Behavior -- Australia.
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