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38 Responses to “Bird sings dubstep, convincingly”

  1. oasisob1 says:

    Can’t wait for the remix.

  2. Leo says:

    that poor, poor bird.

    • darladoon says:

      And poor bird owner :(

      Seriously, I wish he/she could mimic Burial instead of Skrillex.  

      Would make the owner’s apartment nice and mellow.

      • Bobsyeruncle says:

         Are you implying that the cockatiel acquired it’s, um, distinctive musical tastes entirely on its own? :-D

  3. nixiebunny says:

    I’m having trouble deciding if this is better or worse than the phone ring and fax ring and doorbell that the last talking bird I knew had learned to sing while spending its days in an office environment. 

    • Paul Downs says:

      I used to work in an office where the bird (bought in to relieve stress!) had learnt to mimic individual ring tones.  Desk workers had their own unique tone so they knew, when they were at another desk, if it was their phone ringing.  The bird would watch from it’s elevated perch and mimic their phone when they weren’t there.  I was doing filing at the time so I thought it was frickin’ hilarious.  Relieved my stress.. :D

      •  Selected high-traffic intersections in my city have that “audio tone for the vision impaired” thing going on with the pedestrian crossing signs, but intersections with no pedestrian crossing light lack the tone. One weekend, I was walking past City Hall when I heard the signal indicating that it was safe to cross the street. I stepped off the curb before I noticed that the crosswalk had no pedestrian light at all, and a car was coming at me. Nonetheless, I continued to hear the “safe to cross” sound.

        I looked up to see a magpie sitting on a second floor building ledge across the street, singing and waiting … singing and waiting. So patiently.

      • Dlo Burns says:

         I have the break from Skream’s ‘Listenin to the Records on My Wall’ as my ringtone because 1) it vaguely sounds like a phone-tone 2) it’s simple enough that the tiny speaker doesn’t butcher it.

        So if I ever spend time around a mimicking bird I’ll have to see it does copy it


  4. robcat2075 says:

    It sounds like a parrot squawking to me.  Is that what “dubstep” will sound like if I investigate it?

    • nixiebunny says:

      It sounds exactly like what the bird’s doing. Having two teenage male children, I can assure you that dubstep was invented precisely to annoy parents. I can’t think straight when it’s playing.

      • ocker3 says:

         I wonder if the thought-disrupting effect is intentional, given the intended club-going audience

        • Shane Simmons says:

          I had a suitemate in college that did live PA, and his stuff sounded a lot like that.  It tended to get closer to Aphex Twin, the more acid he’d dropped…so you may be onto something.

        • ldobe says:

          I enjoy Dubstep.  I find wobble-bass playful when done right.  But yeah, I can be pretty thought disrupting.  My hypothesis is that it’s intentionally designed to keep kids on MDMA from dancing too long.

          • Well, it is doing a terrible job. I can’t really handle listening to dubstep at home or in the car… but under the correct influences I will lose my mind and dance for hours to it. I think it is designed for people on MDMA, how it specifically effects each person isn’t in the planning.

      • darladoon says:

        the odd thing is, at the origins of dubstep (in the UK), dubstep sounds nothing like this anymore, and hasn’t in several years.  this is what it sounds like now:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7AXRJsXjk0 in other words, chicago 808-driven house music.  yeah, mala, pinch and benga still crank out the occasional “OG” dubstep sound, but rarely do you hear it pervade in clubs.

        now, if that bird could mimic this……

  5. Souse says:

    Better haircut.

  6. franko says:

    so now all i have to do is imagine dubstep as birds singing, and voila, it’s tolerable? i’m dubious.

  7. Mister44 says:

    Where is the PETA when you need them? Imagine the untold hours that bird had to  listen to dub step to learn to mimic it so well. :o(

  8. Matt G says:

    How, in 2013, do people not know to rotate your phone 90 degrees when shooting video?

  9. yragentman says:

    This will be it’s own reward for the owner – these birds can live to be 100!!

  10. Jonbly Herbert says:

    45 seconds of this = funny.

    A lifetime of this = ouch.

  11. Ladyfingers says:

    Is this a dubstep bird or is Skrillex a cockatiel human?

  12. Steve Mullis says:

     Do people still not realize you can turn your phone sideways to get rid of the “bad cropping?” You know, like a camera.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Some of us don’t care.  My antediluvian HTC Incredible is kinda slippery to hold sideways one-handed, especially when using the camera.  If I were shooting something where the aspect ratio was important, I might do something about it.  A bird sitting upright on my hand with an irrelevant background?  I’d probably be lazy and hold the camera upright.

    • Syn - says:

      I don’t understand this knickertwisting about vertical video. Is it some weird attempt at being cool? I must be getting old. 
      It makes sense for cinema, tv, whose supports are predone, and are intended to be seen in full screen, but in video embedding, much like photography, composition and framing is up to whatever the fuck the onewith the camera wishes. I wonder if cartier bresson (or my grandma on her birthday party, for what its worth) thought he was offending anyone when framing vertically.

  13. Boundegar says:

    This video has been removed due to copyright infringement.

  14. rachel ten bruggencate says:


    This bird > these birds

  15. Slow it down to half speed and that would drop pretty hard.

  16. Robert says:

    They were feeding the bird his lunch, but he dropped the beet.