‘Like them, we’re fragile’: how Randall Poster assembled his star-packed birdsong project

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The esteemed music supervisor enlisted stars comparable to Mark Ronson, Nick Cave, Beck, Sean Penn and Tilda Swinton for an formidable new challenge

In the early days of Covid, when lockdowns held tight, even the loudest cities fell into silence. With all that clamor cleared away, other sounds crammed the air. For New York City native Randall Poster, probably the most enchanting of them came from the hawks, cuckoos and warblers that would finally be heard above the din. “Amid the quiet, I turned more conscious of all of the birdsong round us,” Poster advised the Guardian. “Also, during a time when a lot was unknown and darkish, searching the window and watching nature’s creatures persevering with to thrive was comforting.”

It was additionally inspiring. For Poster, one of the film world’s most outstanding music supervisors who has labored with directors like Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese and Todd Haynes, the hoots and caws of birds impressed him, and the challenge’s government producer Rebecca Reagan, to ask their wide selection of musical contacts in the event that they’d be considering creating their very own odes to aviary life.

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