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June 13, 2014

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Marché aux Oiseaux – A Soundwalk

by soundlandscapes

IN MY PREVIOUS POST I recounted how I went to the Marché aux Fleurs last Saturday shortly after the visit by Queen Elizabeth II and how the market had been renamed in her honour as the Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II.

The next day I returned to this flower market to witness its transformation into the Marché aux Oiseaux, a bird market.

Marché aux Oiseaux

The main part of the Marché aux Fleurs comprises two iron pavilions filled with a cornucopia of plants, shrubs, flowers and garden accessories. But on Sundays the road between the two pavilions is taken over by temporary stalls selling a wide variety of birds, from the rare and exotic to the more prosaic, together with a selection bird related accessories.

Marché aux Oiseaux

When I went there on Sunday, the road between the iron pavilions of the flower market was awash with people who, as with most markets, obviously come here not only to buy and sell but also to meet friends and other like-minded people.

Marché aux Oiseaux – A Soundwalk:

Marché aux Oiseaux

I found the soundscape in the Marché aux Oiseaux fascinating – an intriguing interweaving of sounds from two different species in close proximity, the avian and the human, with both speaking to themselves but not to each other. It seemed as though the air was filled with a cacophony of conversation.

Marché aux Oiseaux

At the end of my Sunday morning walk through the Marché aux Oiseaux this cacophony of avian and human conversation seemed to be reconciled by the unifying, man-made sounds of the distant bells of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris drifting across the market on the warm, summer air.

Here are some more sights of the Marché aux Oiseaux:

Marché aux Oiseaux

Marché aux Oiseaux

Marché aux Oiseaux

Marché aux Oiseaux

Marché aux Oiseaux

Marché aux Oiseaux

Marché aux Oiseaux

Marché aux Oiseaux

Marché aux Oiseaux

Marché aux Oiseaux

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jun 14 2014

    What a great place to record. There are so many tones and textures to listen to as they pass by the microphone, really fantastic! Will this be the future epicentre of the next avian flu outbreak?

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    • Jun 15 2014

      Thanks JD.

      This is one of the few places in Paris where I get the chance to record birdsong – even if the birds are caged and they sing alongside the sounds of the human species. It does though make a change from a background of constant traffic noise! It also makes me envious of the many opportunities you have to record exotic birds (exotic from a Parisian perspective at least) in the wild. And avian flu … let’s not even go there!

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  2. hmunro
    Jun 16 2014

    How startling to hear that rooster’s crow near the beginning the recording — hardly what one would expect in the center of Paris! But, as you say, it really is a delightful change from the usual drone of the traffic noise. Simply marvelous.

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  3. Jun 17 2014

    I didn’t know that there is a bird market in Paris. How nice to hear all the bird song (and the rooster crow!)

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  4. Jul 20 2014

    Thank you for your recent blog, the Marche aux Oiseaux, I love the photography in all your blogs. That’s the problem, I’m only getting the text and photos, there is no link to the all important soundwalk. Is it me, do I need to be clicking somewhere or is the link not making is past the server? Please reply when you’re not out busy making more recordings for us:) Piers capjon@sky.com

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