Composer Turns Photo of Birds Sitting on Electric Wires Into an Amazing Musical Piece

January 16, 2019 Updated: January 20, 2019

A picture of birds sitting on telephone wires was turned into a wondrous piece of music by a Brazilian composer.

Inspiration can come to us in the least expected ways. You may have given up on the next verse while composing a poem or perhaps become stuck while writing a novel. Then out of the blue, while staring at some artwork or drinking a cup of water, inspiration comes.

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For composer Jarbas Agnelli, he was reading the newspaper when a light bulb went off in his head.

The 46-year-old was relaxing at home in São Paulo, Brazil, when a picture of birds sitting on electric wires in the newspaper caught his attention.

To Agnelli, the arrangement of the birds on the wires resembled the notes to a music score, and Agnelli was inspired to write a musical arrangement based on the position of the birds.

“I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating,” Agnelli told HuffPost.

Birds on a wire make for beautiful music.

Turn the sound on for this one…One morning while reading a newspaper, Jarbas Agnelli saw a photograph of birds on an electric wire. He cut out the photo and was inspired to make a song using the exact location of the birds as musical notes. He was curious to hear what melody the birds created.He sent the music to the photographer, Paulo Pinto, who told his editor, who told a reporter and the story ended up as an interview in the newspaper. It ended up Winner of the YouTube Play Guggenheim Biennial Festival.Have a listen below at how incredible this sounds.

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His composition features a xylophone, bassoon, oboe, and clarinet, and when you listen to the music notes, it’s amazing how the positioning of the birds created such a whimsical melody. Agnelli often uses films, photos, illustrations, and music to communicate ideas, according to his website He has directed more than 450 films and has won several national and international awards related to his work in music.

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Agnelli posted the music clip inspired by the birds on Vimeo, and it soon went viral. It’s not hard to see why when you listen to it.

One vimeo user wrote, “I have to say, I absolutely loved this – I think this my favorite online find in a very long time. Thanks for making and sharing!”

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While another wrote, “I love how you saw what most of us see everyday, but saw it differently.”

For some, it really did create a huge impact and managed to move people to tears.

“This is so exquisitely beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you … what a reminder of God’s grace in nature,” another Vimeo user commented.

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The humble Agnelli told Vice in an interview: “The video was a huge success, and several amazing things happened because of it. I did some TEDtalks about it and I won the Guggenheim YouTube Play festival with the video.”

He added, “It’s a mind blowing trajectory for a one minute piece of music, that cost no money, and was completely unpretentious.”

We are pretty sure that once you’re done hearing this beautiful piece, you won’t look at birds sitting on wires the same way again.