Thursday 12 September 2019, 7.30pm

Musics and Other Living Creatures: "Animal Music" - A Performance, featuring Lara Cory Tobias Fischer & more

“Animal Music rides in on a wave of energy that fuses the worlds of science and art in an accessible and engaging way. A definite page turner if ever there was one.” – Caught by the River

Can animals talk? What meaning does their song convey? Will we ever be able to understand them? Using videos, audio recordings and expert discussions, music journalists Tobias Fischer and Lara Cory will search for answers to these questions. Joining them on stage will be Lasse-Marc Riek, founder of Gruenrekorder, the world's leading label for field recordings; and London-based radio presenter and sound artist Robbie Judkins. Together, they will present a live documentary performance of Tobias and Lara's acclaimed book Animal Music, using materials from the book as well as the most recent scientific insights.

Ever since the accidental discovery of whale song in 1967, the idea of complex animal sentience has been gaining strength within the scientific community. A growing number of researchers and academics are exploring the idea that animals enjoy music on a similar level to human beings.

Animal Music is the first anthology to present an overview of the current state of this vital debate. Its authors have spoken to the leading scientists, researchers and musicians in the field to uncover hidden meanings and new perspectives. They visit the world’s largest library of animal sounds, hack into the mysterious sonic world of shrimps, travel back in time to the point where animal and human songs diverged, and decode the latest neuroscientific findings about animal music and communication.

Music and Other Living Creatures is a series at Cafe OTO (curated by OTO Projects) dedicated to music about, with, or by other living creatures. Birds, tigers, chickens, insects and many other living creatures are explored through sound-walks, listening sessions, commissioned performances, live responses and discussions. 

Lara C Cory

Lara C Cory is a freelance film and music writer. Contributing to The Wire, The Quietus, CRACK magazine, Line of Best Fit, Little White Lies, Dirty Movies, Caught by the River and Oh Comely, Lara is also the editor at 15questions.net and co-author of Animal Music: Sound and Song in the Natural World. She recently contributed to the ‘Art of Magic’ collaboration between Folklore Tapes and The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, exhibition and companion book.

Tobias Fischer

Tobias Fischer is an author, journalist and copywriter from Berlin, Germany. His work revolves around the nature of sound, the sounds of nature and the relationship between art and life.

Tobias is a regular contributor to New Zealand arts magazine White Fungus and cultural editor for Germany's biggest print magazine on Recording, "Beat". He is also the founder of online platforms 15 Questions and tokafi.com. The former, a collaboration with British writer Lara Corey, has featured more than 500 of the most interesting and iconic musicians of our time.

In 2015, Tobias and Lara published Animal Music as the first anthology to present an overview of the current state of the debate on animal sounds and creativity. In 2019, he followed this up with an expansive essay in White Fungus, incorporating new perspectives and additional trains of thought.