I was recently contacted by Spencer Arias about using one of my gray treefrog recordings in a piece of music he had composed. Spencer is a member of The New Collaborative, a group of composers who write music based on prompts from their audience submitted through facebook or twitter. The piece Spencer wrote was in response to a prompt of “amphibians.” The use of prompts to give direction for music is a cool idea, and the final piece is fun and interesting to listen to. After listening to it a few times, I was struck by the serendipitous way in which a recording I made one warm summer night in a Michigan pond ended up in a piece of music recorded in New York City and broadcast around the world on youtube.
Composition by Spencer Arias of the New Collaborative:
Video of a calling Gray Treefrog in a Michigan wetland: