Bird sings dubstep, convincingly

About this cockatiel giving Skrillex a run for his money, Youtuber Rainykauke says, "Just my bird Harvey dropping some fat beats. Sorry about the poor cropping filmed this on a phone." (thanks, Chris!)


    1. And poor bird owner :(

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

      Would make the owner’s apartment nice and mellow.

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

  1. 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. 

    1. 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

      1.  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.

      2.  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

    1. 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.

        1. 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.

        2. 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.

          1. 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.

      1. 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: 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……

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

  3. 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(

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

      1. Do you not understand that most people are viewing things on monitors with a horizontal orientation?

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