I believe this field recording, done literally from the doorstep of my little, mountain hermitage and the first I’ve attempted with a Zoom H2N I got for Christmas, is all I need to legitimize the title of this blog. Mountain of Birds is at once a literary, mythological fantasy and a natural, day-to-day reality. (The title actually comes from a mysterious line in Lady Gregory’s Gods and Fighting Men: “on Slieve nan Ean, the Mountain of Birds, in the east.”) Captured just before dawn on April 2nd, the recording includes a tanager, a dove and an owl, possibly a wren and a cardinal, and who knows what else? No reverb was added, but the owl seems so heavily treated, I need to make some convolution impulses of the hollow for M4L and Reflektor! Best appreciated with headphones, I filtered out what I could of my beginner mistakes, but surely the rarity of the content outweighs any technical shortcomings — I step outside each morning around this time, and although no indigo or pileated woodpecker made an appearance, I haven’t heard anything before or since this spring to rival such a wonderful, woodland chorus of joy, desire and creation!