The Nightingallery was an interactive musical installation featuring an animatronic bird. Members of the public were encouraged to approach and talk to the bird. The human voice was processed and then used to drive a synthesiser that meant the bird could talk back, both by mimicking the participant in bird song and by adding its own sounds from what it had previously heard.
Participants could interact with the bird both through use of a standard microphone, which facilitated a standard conversational interaction scheme, or through a telephone, which enabled the bird to “ring” for attention and which allowed for a semi-private conversation with the bird.
The bird was displayed at the Maker Faire UK exhibition in 2011.