I came across the word “murmuration” today, and stumbled across this video.Β  I don’t know if it’s the music, the dance of the starlings, or both… but I found it calming, so thought I’d share it.

Thanks to Frank and the @postsecret team for the tweet that piqued my interest.

Late edit: If you hadn’t already tried it, it’s great to watch in full-screen πŸ™‚


22 thoughts on “Murmuration

  1. I came across a different murmuration video last week and loved it…but this one is even better!! So amazing.

    I’m going to show it to my daughter tomorrow.

    • Ok, I admit that I watched about a dozen before deciding that I liked this one the best πŸ™‚ The music definitely adds to it.

      I hope Katarina likes it too…

      Take care,

    • You are awesomely weird! Mainly the awesome part, but with enough of a dash of weird to make you incredibly interesting πŸ™‚

      As another confession, it was a young one who loved the clip full screen, so possibly my perspective was a little skewed…

      Take care,

  2. I arrived kind of late to the murmuration party … when I saw my first murmuration video several days ago, I wondered if it was not real, but rather created by special effects. A whole huge flock (I’m sorry … murmuration!) of starling moving like one huge, interconnected, fluid mass … a wonder to behold. Magic and entrancing to watch!

    Thanks, CG!

        • I was thinking of how so many areas talk about an “organic” or “natural” look. How buildings “blend” into the environment, how we create “natural” spaces for people to relax in… basically, how we now realise that people need natural spaces in order to be able to be happy and healthy. As so many of those natural spaces have been destroyed, we now need to create them.

          That excludes area within the different sciences, where there is a reproduction of the naturally occurring pattern to solve, or explain a problem.

          Hope that makes sense, as I have a feeling I’m explaining it really well in my head, but not so much in text πŸ™‚

          Take care,

          • CG,

            The first part totally makes sense. I think I’m not as used to seeing that kind of thinking in architecture or even a more local Feng Shui-ing in smaller spaces, here in the States. The people I was around when I was in New Zealand did have those sentiments more than I am used to, here. I think that here in the States you do sometimes see, or read about, people who are trying to bring certain naturalistic ideas to spaces though, and that is pretty neat to see that kind of thought being brought to bear. Actually, there are probably a lot of people like that, here … I just don’t happen to be around them!

            I’m not sure about the second point you made, about within sciences, and there being a reproduction of naturally occurring patterns to solve or explain things. In my imagination, I envisioned something like a scientist designing an instrument that structurally resembles a beautiful nautilus shell, an instrument that, by virtue of its relation to naturally produced structure, could give us new insights or solutions in a scientific method. I think it’s obvious that I’m winging off in some imaginary direction of my own … unless you are already aware of this strange new artificial nautilus device. Help?

            You take care, too … thanks as always for the dialog!

            • I’m less sure of explaining the second point in a written comment, without it turning into a 2000 word essay πŸ™‚ Basically what I meant, is that when we look at many of the different models, they are often a reflection of what happens within the real world. People study the pattern of how people move around a space, and design a shop in order to maximise exposure to all items. Some economic theories are based on naturally occurring patterns and behaviours.

              It was also a rather cynical statement about humanity – we destroy something, in order to re-create it.

              Take care,

  3. CG,

    Thanks! It could be that reading your 8-page essay would give me lots more information, but what you added here gave me at least an abbreviated version of what you meant, and pretty clear, too. I think it’s very interesting, and clearly an idea which could be (and apparently is) applied in many different disciplines and situations.

    As for your cynicism about the actions of humankind, I would not argue with that, at all. Are you offering another 8-page paper for that? It actually sounds like a longer paper, I bet you’d agree. I think what we can count on is that you will be able to gather all of the research and resources you’d need, given your facility with the library and information systems (kidding … don’t worry about papers!).

    If we destroy things now in order to re-create them, does that make us into a society of simulations, kind of a Postmodern idea?

    Thanks for the interesting conversation, CG. I hope I realize (or get told) if I’ve overstayed my welcome in the comment sections of your blog. I got a minor earful from RL about being a bit of a bigmouth before, but she is very well-meaning and doesn’t think the worst of me. So, I listen. πŸ™‚

    Best to you … take care.

    • Hi Michael,

      I work closely with a Media Arts lecturer, and we often have conversations about how we can make fun of the institution where we work through the Arts. We talk about the heavily marketed, corporate environment, meeting the Post-modern; and how the first doesn’t understand the second. This lecturer has received substantial amounts of research funding to create pieces which lampoon the corporate environment within which he works. He knows he walks a fine line, and that one day someone will see the meaning behind the Art. Until then, he and his colleagues continue to walk the line.

      Simulation does seem to be the big thing.

      The comments here encourage me to try and interact on some level, so thank you πŸ™‚

      Take care,

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