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Rivaling the most prominent pop stars in the music charts in Australia is a series of natural sounds under threat. 

For most of December, Adele has remained on top in Australia’s best-selling album, preceded by Ed Sheeran, following was a collection of marvelous sounds which captivated everyone’s attention. 

Songs of Disappearance is a series of endangered Australian bird sounds. For a moment, it ranked No. 3 on Australia’s top 50 albums last month, on top of Taylor Swift. 

This album was produced by Anthony Albrecht alongside the Bowerbird Collective, his arts organization. He is a musician. And he is also a Ph.D. student at Charles Darwin University, where his advisor is professor Stephen Garnett.

“I knew it was an ambitious thing to suggest and — I don’t know. Stephen’s a little bit crazy like me, and he said, let’s do this,” he said as an opinion on the record. 

The record was jointly published with a university research which uncovered the fact that one out of six Australian bird species is now in threat of extinction. Shown in Song of Disappearance is a total of 53 species. A few have sung what people may decipher as bird songs. 

“Things like the golden bowerbird — it sounds like a death ray from some cheesy ’70s sci-fi series,” Sean Dooley says. “And then you get to the Christmas Island frigatebird, which the male, it has a flap of skin under its chin that it inflates like a giant red balloon. And so when it’s doing these courtship sounds, it looks incredible as well as sounds bizarre.”

Birdlife Australia, a conservation organization, is represented by Sean Dooley. The album sales proceeds will directly benefit Birdlife Australia. Dooley is pleased to say that the exposure and growing awareness will make a difference. 

“When we have community on board, that brings pressure on board to government to do the right thing,” Dooley said. “And we know that these conservation actions do work.”

The investigation from Charles Darwin University and Birdlife Australia features success in conserving endangered birds. It comes with an objective that more species will be saved if these tweets go viral and are seen by a wide range of audience.


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