Bats and Elephants

Darren Copeland

Bats and Elephants

  • Darren Copeland
  • Year of composition: 2011
  • Duration: 36:57
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9113338651

Bats and Elephants is a long-form sound art piece based exclusively on bat recordings from Avisoft and elephant recordings from Wild Sanctuary and the Elephant Listening Project. In order for humans to hear the full range of sounds made by these two species one must transpose their sounds. The vocalizations of bats sound similar to that of birds as their recorded vocalizations are transposed down to the range in which humans hear. And as one stretches and plays with the sounds of elephants they too have their sonic identity altered. As the piece unfolds this process of transposition is combined with more extensive transformations of the source material.


Bats and Elephants was realized in 2011, and premiered on November 26, 2011 by Darren Copeland and Benjamin Thigpen on Holosonics Audio Spotlight loudspeakers at the Time and Space concert as part of the SoundPlay 2011 festival at Theatre Direct’s Christie Studio in Toronto (Ontario, Canada). It received the 2012 Harry Freedman Recording Award from the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and was featured in the concert Listening Like Bats on June 23, 2012, at Gallery 345 in Toronto (Ontario, Canada).


  • November 26, 2011, Darren Copeland, Benjamin Thigpen, Audio Spotlight • SoundPlay 2011: Time and Space, Theatre Direct’s Christie Studio — Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto (Ontario, Canada)


  • 2011