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Chirp & Drift


  • 15-24 September 2023
  • Moors Valley

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Experience a flock of illuminated instruments.

Hanging in the trees, they chatter in a musical morse code, combining elements of birdsong, language and music. Gentle tones and harmonies are produced by accordion reeds hidden within each ‘bird’. As wing-like bellows move, air is pressed through the reeds, reminding us of the delicate and fragile state of the environment, and of our own health. This is a playful piece that asks if birds sing purely to enjoy making music.

“Birds are known to adapt their songs in noisy environments in order to be heard – as the communication bandwidth for birds and other species narrows. I pondered on the many information networks we currently engage with and chose to play with the almost obsolete form of radio communication, morse code.” Kathy Hinde

Kathy Hinde's biography:

Kathy Hinde is an audiovisual artist whose practice embraces open methods and evolving processes. Through installations, performances and site specific experiences, she aims to nurture a deeper and more embodied connection to other species and the earth’s systems. Composed of hand-made objects, electronics and a blend of digital and analogue systems, Hinde’s work represents a cross between kinetic sound sculptures and newly invented musical instruments. She creates pieces in response to specific locations and frequently works in collaboration with other practitioners and scientists and often actively involves the audience in the creative process.


Our suggested route to see all the installations is a 1.5km loop from, and returning to the Visitor Centre. There are stops to rest and listen. The route has some gentle inclines and the surface is rough but accessible by wheelchairs and buggies.

Tramper mobility scooters are available from the Visitor Centre.

Free parking for vehicles exempt from road tax due to disability reasons (registration required)

Assistance dogs welcome

Plan Your Visit

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET


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