Diane Barbé

The Alien Kin: Musicking with the Birds

Sunday 29 May 2022

from 18:30-22:00

at floating university, Lilienthalstr. 32, 10965 Berlin


The Alien Kin is an ongoing participatory reseach project with a listening session, an introduction to bird calls and other sound making devices, and a musicking moment at sunset in the big open space of floating university.


In search of alternative timbres, tunings and patterns, we mimick and answer those sounds that touch us. Birds and insects, in particular, have evolved alongside humans, vocalising in ways that mark the weather, the seasons, and the general air of the time. After a first edition in the Black Forest in April 2022, this first Berlin iteration of the Alien Kin offers a listening and musicking moment, using primitive self-made soundmakers to listen to, respond to, and play with, those other inhabitants of the air at floating university.


The workshop is free of charge and has limited capacity; interested participants should RSVP to: dianediane_ @gmx.net

The location is wheelchair accessible and held outdoors. Assistance animals welcomed.

The workshop will be conducted in English. No musical experience is necessary. Vegetarian food will be provided.


Production, scoring by Diane Barbé.

Instruments realised collaboratively by Diane Barbé & Joe Summers.