Much of my current work centres around two lifetime interests - the melody of birdsong and the melody of human speech. The former underlies such pieces as given - taken, while the latter is analysed in pieces such as Halo and The Great Wall of China, both made with Simon Biggs. In the late eighties I worked with Max on an Ircam workstation, attempting to convert speech data into midi information. At the time it proved too heavy a task for the hardware. Now, of course, such processing is a trivial task for a decent laptop, and I have returned to this work using PureData, the open source development of Max by Miller Puckette. I have focused mostly on my recordings of birds, and now am turning to speech, both using recordings, and in real time, for performance.