Birdsongs of the Mesozoic

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic is a musical group founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1980. The music of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic is almost entirely instrumental, and incorporates many different musical elements; critic Rick Anderson writes, ‘Very few bands have ever managed to straddle the worlds of modern classical music and rock as successfully as this one did.’ In his liner notes for their Beat of the Mesozoic EP, Boston rock critic Eric Van dubbed them ‘the world’s hardest-rocking chamber music quartet.’ … Birdsongs owes its origins to the 1978 breakup of the Boston post-punk band Moving Parts, which included Erik Lindgren (vocals, keyboards) and Roger Miller (vocals, guitar). Miller went on to form the seminal post-punk group Mission of Burma (1979–1983; 2002–present), while Lindgren concentrated on production work in his home recording studio. … Given that musical differences had led to the breakup of their earlier band, both musicians were surprised at the effectiveness of the collaboration. Burma tape loop artist Martin Swope was then enlisted for further overdub work on electric guitar. … In fact, he stopped writing Burma material and began writing more aggressive material for Birdsongs, such as ‘Shiny Golden Snakes’ (which became the lead track of their first full-length album, Magnetic Flip.) After Burma’s breakup, Birdsongs became democratized, and Swope, Scott, and especially Lindgren began composing original material. …”
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