Animal sound mimicry


All righty this video is at the request
of a gentleman called Josh right one of the viewers of our channel our page. I
posted about frogs a green tree frog and I said it was the first animal that I
ever learned to mimic and Josh wanted to know if I would be able to do a video on
mimicry of animal sounds so that’s what this video is so I got a poster from
National Geographic or you know in the house there was a poster from National
Geographic when I was a child about 4 years old I think and it had all of
these frogs of Australia and it had the sound that they make the sound wave
frequency and then letters that it would actually if you were to pronounce it. Now
the green tree frog, I’m pretty sure is a green tree frog it’s it let its letters
were a ‘aaaaarrrrrrrk’ so I looked at that as a kid and I went aaarrrk. So that’s how
that evolved. When I did the sound for my mom she was so impressed with it and it just sent me off on this world of making sounds right to impress my mom. My dad he was always able to do this horse sound right because he grew up sort of
chasing the wild bush Brumbies and I don’t know if I’m gonna do it as well as he
does… But… sort of thing there. Now I did grow up listening to opera as well so I
learnt you know a lot of things like… ‘Sort of stuff you know listening to
Pavarotti and the Italian influence in the family was a bit of a thing
and growing up in the bush I was always able to be loud you know so when you
have one sibling who’s you know a hundred metres away it’s like… sort of
thing right you get the lesson of the cooeee which means come play with us
apparently in the Dharug/daruk language. Now, so then you’ve got things like
beatboxing came about and beatboxing was interesting because people teach you how to say things like you know ‘a box of cats’ you know like… right, so then I
started to listen to the animals more and try and put words to what they were
saying, so when I heard the kookaburra it wasn’t like just you know a laughing
sound, it was like a cracker-coo-crack-coo-coo-cra-ca-ca. like crack (an egg) and cooking.
‘crak-cook-ka-cook-crak-a-kook-ka-ka-kook.’
As I travel the country I hear different accents in the animals too, so there’s
all different kinds of Kookaburras and they all make different sounds and they
make different sounds depending on the season. So like a baby kookaburra
they’ll make this sort of like a… Sort of sound going on that’s that’s always fascinating and like baby animals always make these really interesting sounds too
like baby a lot of the sounds is usually something like feed me, feed me
right which for a magpie becomes… or something like ma, mum.. right things like that and I listen to
the Magpies in the morning and they’ve got that sort of like coodle loodle
loodle thing like… So you hear that sort of like (makes sound) thing I’m doing that’s like what you call a trill so like when you play piano you do like real rapid and it’s
like that and that’s like that so the lady Jacinta Tobin, Aunty Jacinta, she says I got what you call Lyrebird dreaming. So that means I can
make all the sounds of the forest okay. So when I do all these sounds I’ll
actually attract lyrebirds to me, which is really cool. So that’s pretty
awesome. Now then of course you grow up with
things like chickens in you go like… And the kookaburra, when he moves,
when he does his song he like vibrate so it’s like… but he has his waking up sound and he has he’s going to sleep sound but that sound
isn’t made by one Kookaburra, it’s made by usually like a family of like three
or you know five or even up to seven Kookaburras, so it gets that real aphitheric, amphitheater feel. Then you got things like the bloody…urh, I love rainbow
lorikeets but I house sat for a lady who was taking care of one and unfortunately
because he’s been raised by hand, he’s kind of like, sort of aggressive, you know
or at least he’s confident and that confidence freaks me out. Now their sound
is really high pitch, it’s like this real… and they’re all talking to each other
gone nuts you know like this. Then you get all the other parrots with their
little… Cockatoos Cockatoos are funny because they’re very vocal so the white
sulphur crested cockatoo he’s like…(makes sound). It”s like hello hello and it’s like things like this. Now there is a bird up north in Cairns called the cat bird, but
I call him the ‘Jerri-yura’ bird which is actually their word for hello is
Jirriyura, right yeah, Jirriyura, for the I think it’s Guguyalangi, right and this
bird just goes ‘jirri-yura’ like he’s just saying hello hello. And you know that’s his word.
And you got the whip bird as well and that sort of just like this, it’s actually the
male and female talking so that’s like the male goes (makes sound) and the female responding (makes sound)
that’s like right. what else you got
oh, the Ravens, they’re funny so Ravens and crows are similar, so the crow
he’s like ‘mark’ marhk, maark’ and sometimes in the Aboriginal Lore history in eastern
Australia, he’s often called called Wahn the crow ‘w’ ‘a’ ‘h’ ‘n’ Wahn Wahn. Sometimes people
say it sounds like mark mark. So all the different sounds they correspond to
different times of day as well, so you’ll get different sounds depending on
humidity and seasonality and things like this.
Now winter is a real quiet time it’s a real all energies going into the earth
you’re eating root crops you’re eating carbs you know and everything goes a bit
silent you know but summertime springtime you know springtime is what
they call the time of ‘calling sound’ and shouting you know so shouting is a real
interesting thing because it creates this like imagine a sound wave and it’s going ‘wwwooooh!’
like this right and you can sort of you can
destroy things with sound as well like you can you can refine sound to a point
where you can use it like a laser and you can actually destroy it like a
cancer or a gallstone or a kidney stone you can actually shatter it
you can also heat things up sorta like microwave radiation but it’s just like…(makes sound) It’s a real sudden like just a note and
then if you got acoustics and you’re in a real like reverberating space that
note hits against other notes and it’s like when a wave crashes against another
wave and the waves build strength so you get this real (makes sound) sort of like acoustic,
like vibration, vibrato I think it’s called. So sound mimicry I think
it’s something that comes natural to people so like if you grow up in a city
you’ll tend to like imitate more things like cars and stuff like jackhammering
stuff or like screen doors and you know with all your ambulances and sirens
and they’re different around the world so like the German ones are really
freaking loud ay. They just come, you can hear them for miles it’s
ridiculous it’s like a constant (makes very loud obnoxious sound) it’s off its head I hate it so much it’s so
terrible. I had to come down here to get away from the house ‘coz my lady was just
gonna be annoyed by these obnoxious sounds right. Now even crabs they’ll make
a sound but that’s like a bubbling ‘coz they’ll actually blow bubbles and
it’s sort of like a mating thing they do like to attract a female it’s really
interesting and then you got um you know obviously things like the water droplet
sound most people have to flick that cheek for that one but I don’t I just
make like a D sound at the same time it’s like (makes sound) and it’s like I’m saying ‘do it’
‘do it’ ‘do it’ right. So you’ve got also the what they call certain types of
black cockatoos they call them Garmit and that’s to do with the sound like
a silent ‘G’ and a silent ‘T’ but, so there’s that there. Then you got like
things like crickets and stuff like them and you’ll find it’s actually easier to
do those sounds when it’s cricket season not like as in you know the game
but is in the season when crickets come out and usually early in the morning too
but now it’s kind of cicada season so you get this real like…(makes sound). sort of sound, yeah. Obviously you got
basic things ducks and it’s not like ‘quack quack’ it’s like a ‘wak wak’
or like nat or nak nak like ‘nwak’ sort of thing. The Raven and like
when the Raven comes down and he’s trying to do whatever he wants to do
right, he eats the babies of a lot of different birds too, so he’ll eat the
Aussy myna babies right so the Aussy Mynas, when (raven) comes down and then
the Aussy Mynas like (makes sound) and they’re basically saying here here here, he’s over
here, he’s over here, call the boys, call the boys and they’ll all start looking
at me and they’ll start flying down into his
space (makes sound) he goes you know, he goes get away from me ‘Wah’ what is this shit ‘far-cough’ ah ah you
know like this, “get out of here” you know like that, so that’s always interesting. Then you’ve
got the sound of the phasmid so you’re stick insects and your leaf insects and
the male leaf insects as they fly they make this sort of like (makes sound) sound as they
go past you like (makes sound). so, that’s a bit of all that. I hope that gives some idea of a bit of what’s out there and you
know obviously you’ve got things like the curlew which is just annoying it
sounds like a screaming baby you know, like you know it’s real and you know
almost like a woman being strangled is actually what the Aboriginal mythology
is, is that it’s actually the sound of a woman being strangled or something it’s
just it’s nuts. I think she was crying because she lost her baby or
some crazy freakin like sound. And then you
got things like the crocodiles which is (makes sound) like it just like this whole guttural
thing like as it bubbles up the water sort of craziness going on there. But
yeah anyway, I’ll leave it there that’s that seems like enough stuff I hope you liked that and I hope Josh likes that Josh right you can all
thank him for that video there so anyway have a lovely day

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