When I was growing up, we had two records that I assume came out of the early ‘70s environmental movement. The first was a collection of wolf howls narrated by Robert Redford (I’ll post some of those tracks in the near future). The other was called “Songs of the Humpback Whale,” and featured slowed-down recordings of the calls whales use to keep in touch with each other.
One bored evening, I decided to mix “Songs of the Humpback Whale” with The Band’s “The Theme from The Last Waltz” and came up with this. I didn’t plan it out; I just put both recordings on and let them play. Sometimes the whales seem to be harmonizing with the music. Other times they sound like kids making fun of the way deaf people talk. The effect is oddly pretty and vaguely disturbing at the same time.