Wild Bird Society of Japan – Voice of endangered wild birdsPosted: October 10, 2011 | |
Brief: to create a sense of urgency around the extinction of endangered wild birds in Japan (Japanese red-crown crane, stork, albatross and yellow-breasted bunting).
Idea: we thought the best way to value these wonderful birds was to not just see them but actually be able to hear them. However, to get their beautiful songs in front of a younger target we needed a contemporary and relevant execution. So we went out and actually sampled the bird’s songs and mixed them into contemporary dance tracks. The tracks were then pressed into retro vinyl and placed in hip Tokyo record stores. Each endangered bird was given their own album with the quantity equaling the estimated number of that species left.
To create awareness with the younger Japanese generation of the many endangered birds species in Japan, we created the “Sounds of endangered wild birds” albums. The music was created by actually sampling the unique bird songs. We then pressed retro vinyl records and put them in the shelves at records shop in the young areas of Shibuya. We placed the same number of albums as the actual number of each bird left in Japan.
Results: although the number released was limited, the idea attracted the attention of local DJs. These artists have been purchasing the album and playing it in clubs throughout Tokyo which has been a successful tool in spreading the extinction message. In addition, the proceeds of the sales are used to further fund the endangered bird project.
Advertising Agency: Beacon Communicatons, Tokyo
Executive Creartive Director: Whit Friese
Creative Director: Hidekazu Sato
Copywriter: Haruo Yoshida