Birds of New York




*Final project*

-This project has animations that were made using Jhon Audubon’s illustrations (public domain) and audios from Lang Elliot’s National Audubon Society – Bird Song Collection-


From the beginning, the idea was to be able to call birds, familiarize yourself and to learn about them. Where do they live? how do they look like? how do they sound like? These questions are the building blocks not only of ornithology but also of birding; a recreational activity that encourages people to go outside, listen to birds, observe and get involved with the wildlife around the cities. Because creating a conversation between the possibilities around p5js and scientific illustrations, I decided to go with one renown artist and in the United States.

Jhon Audubon is an icon, his work is not only beautiful but a wonderful exploration of wildlife and his legacy is present and very much alive especially here, in New York City. The National Audubon Society has one of the main offices in NYC; the New York Historical Society has a permanent exhibition of most of Audubon The Birds of America watercolors and the artist himself lived and died in Manhattan. This project is somehow a homage to Audubon and New York City, as an illustrator, a birdwatcher and  a new new yorker.



 I used an Electrect Microphone Amplifier, an Arduino UNO and a wooden Birdhouse. Because of the physical part of the birdhouse this project has serial communication between the Arduino and the p5js sketch. The codes are based on the PCOMP lab examples for serial communication and Adafruit’s microphone example.



On first code test I wanted to focus first on how the code should work rather than what it was showing, so most of the images, videos and sound because came from the marvelous internet. For this sketch, I used this videos: bird1, bird2, and bird3.





Birds of New York City

You could call the birds with mousePressed here



 New York graffiti subculture ft Audubon



Graphic and animation








The final code could be found here


Special thanks to Aarón Montoya, Alejandro Matamala y Daniel Castaño.


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