James Osland | Four Lakes
01. Alexandrina (15:00)
02. Ohau (15:00)
03. Tekapo (14:59)
04. Pukaki (15:02)
The ‘Four Lakes’ project was recorded during my time in the Mackenzie basin on New Zealand’s South Island. The Mackenzie basin or ‘Mackenzie Country’ as it is often referred to is a sparsely populated area of New Zealand home to snow-topped mountains, vast tussock fields and glacial lakes. Running parallel along the northern edge of the Mackenzie basin are its four largest lakes; Tekapo, Alexandrina, Pukaki and Ohau. It was on the shores of these lakes that I was able to find a serene form of silence that captivated my imagination. Unperturbed by the outside world with only the gentle sound of the pulsating lake tides I became immersed in another world, a sonic landscape of immeasurable beauty. These recordings aim to reflect the peace and tranquility that I found on the shores of those great lakes.
Chris Lynn | Summer Storms
01. Rockville Afternoon (11:01)
02. Silver Spring Evening (11:30)
Two field recordings of summer thunderstorms in Montgomery County, Maryland during the months of June and August of 2015.
[existence_sounds] | The Biography of Industrial City
1. Breeze (04:52)
2. Dismal Monument (04:32)
3. See Place - Gray Swamp (05:18)
4. Factory Slaves And Waste Biomass (03:20)
5. Snowstorm In Industrial City (02:45)
6. Dirty Night (03:44)
7. Archives (04:52)
8. Drone Gamelan Piece (With KG) (07:10)
Music, Field Recording and Acoustic Instruments by Stephen Mc Cann (1-6,8) / Kirill Makushin (1-8) / Konchog Gyaltsen (8)
"The Biography Of Industrial City" include mixing acoustic instruments with noise city (field recordings)
Dallas Simpson | Ambergate: Pump n Pipe (29th May 1996)
01. Ambergate: Pump n Pipe (29th May 1996) (01:13:28)
Ambergate: Pump n Pipe (29th May 1996)
Including the ‘waterpump’ EMIT 1197 source audio
(Transcription from the original DAT tape)
On World Listening Day 2016 the location of the original ‘waterpump’ track (EMIT 1197), was revisited and a performance re-enacted with the remains of the now silent pump. A video recording was also made and is being released through Green Field Recordings.
The emotional intensity of the revisit and the strong memories that it evoked prompted me to return to the original DAT tape, which I recorded some twenty years ago on 29th May 1996, at the same location. To my surprise there was over an hour of additional location recording and an improvisation, which I had totally forgotten about.
To have a comparison of the soundscape of a location over a period of 20 years, admittedly at a different time of year, is certainly interesting and it is relevant as a document of acoustic archaeology. The re-discovery of an improvisation which has never been released from that time is also significant. Consequently I have decided to release the full audio of the DAT tape, save my introductory comments and some large glitches near the beginning. Other than that, the audio is presented virtually unedited and has been re EQ’d and level adjusted to be compatible with the contemporary recording made this year. A few minor glitches and ‘accidentals’ remain. I hope this minor ‘patina’ from the original recording does not spoil the enjoyment for the listener.
It still amazes me how good both the recordings and the intensity of the original soundscape were, and also the quality of my custom hand built in-ear mics, costing only a few pounds, still stand up alongside the more expensive equipment I am currently using. I stopped using the hand built mics as their life was short and unpredictable, many a good recording was ruined by mic failure only discovered when I listened to the recording afterwards - and they were a pain to make!
Included in this release is a short video clip from May 2012, showing the lake and the two remaining supports of the metal pipe that extended over the lake to the support that has the ‘deep water’ notice on it. The pipe was removed some years ago.
Notes on the Recording:
Recorded in binaural stereo optimised for headphone listening, using custom designed and built in-ear microphones powered from a custom designed power unit direct into a Sony D7 DAT recorder.
Notes on the Performance:
Representing an early stage in my development of environmental performance, ‘waterpump’ still stands as one of my best due to the minimal nature of my intervention and the remarkable qualities of the natural soundscape and the sonic signature of the pump source. This extended recording includes a series of longer walkabouts while exploring the magnificent rippling streams at the location at the time, and ends with an intuitive improvisation using a metal pipe that projected over the small lake nearby (see above and video clip). My performance style with the pipe at that time was more ‘percussive’ and ‘protorhythmic’, whereas I usually tend to be more restrained and minimal these days. This pipe no longer exists, making the improvisation even more historically poignant.
dallas simpson, 12/08/16
VA | Green Field Recordings/World Listening Day - Sounds Lost & Found
01. Alexander Baker - Wind, Grasses, Insects (UK)
02. Atilio Doreste - Punta de la Banya, Parque Natural del Ebro (Spain)
03. Dallas Simpson - Aquapump Tacit (UK)
04. Dr. James Kent - Sound from 7A, 16 and 10 (UK)
05. Luís Antero - Mãe/Mother (Portugal)
06. Mikael Layoura - Encuentro en un callejón de Chaouan/Naffar,Ghiyatt & White Noise in the Street of Tetouan (Spain)
07. VA/Maile Colbert (cood.) - Monsanto Soundwalk (Portugal)
08. Virgilio Oliveira - Fontelo (Portugal)
(pdf book for more details in the download page)
Paolo Gàiba Riva | Népála
01. Népála (14:52)
Recorded during the months of November and December 2014. Assembled in occasion of Christmas' concert at "Curilo" in Kathmandu.
All the sounds are untreated, they just have been equalised and hardly overlayed.
Thanks to: Marco Antonelli, del Grandi sisters, all the people i met during my trip.
Dedicated to the strong people of Nepal.
Play loud through speakers or on headphones for a fulfilling experience.
Corwin Trails | Selected Field Recordings from India/Nepal, Vols. I, II & III
Volume I is intimate. Most songs were performed personally by musicians for me and are often playful or humorous.
01. Snake Baba Sings, Hampi
02. Street Performer En Route to Vittala Temple, Hampi
03. An Instrument the Boy Called Happy Day, Gokarna
04. Chitiya Kalaiya Sung by Three Children, Jodhpur
05. Tu Chale Sung by Three Children, Jodhpur
06. Group of Musicians Playing On Stopped Train, Between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer
07. Garden Full of Flowers, Great Thar Desert
08. Up Downs Coming Going, Great Thar Desert
09. Little Boy Plays Drum and Sings at Amer Fort, Jaipur
10. Snakecharmer, Jaipur
11. Harmonium and Drum at the Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke
12. Sikhs Play at the Golden Temple, Amritsar
13. Curator of Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery Singing, Naggar
14. Flute and Drum, Rishikesh
15. Two Men Playing Along the Ganga River, Rishikesh
16. Two Men Play One More Song, Rishikesh
17. A Man Approaches with Bowed Sitar, Rishikesh
18. Rashem Pidity, Pokhara
19. A Man Plays Trekking Song on Fewa Lake, Pokhara
20. Villagers Perform at Mona Lisa Lodge, Mulktinath, Nepal
21. Yasuke Mazda Plays Tabla with 8-bit Raga Generator, Varanasi
Total running time: 47:09
Volume II is music of the collective. The performances are usually devotional or ritualistic in some manner, designed to bring performers and participants together. The tone will waver between the celebratory and the solemn. A majority of the performances were done in a public sphere and I was only one among many.
01. Mosque and Traffic, Kochi
02. Mosque and Traffic II, Kochi
03. Mahashivaratri Mela Festival, Gokarna
04. Mahashivaratri Mela Festival II, Gokarna
05. Mahashivaratri Mela Festival III, Gokarna
06. Prayer Reading at Birthplace of Hanuman on Anjanadri Hill, Kishkindha
07. Aum in Cave #26, Ajanta Complex
08. Wagah Border Ceremony, India/ Pakistan Border
09. Wagah Border Ceremony II, India/ Pakistan Border
10. Wagah Border Ceremony III, India/ Pakistan Border
11. Wagah Border Ceremony IV, India/ Pakistan Border
12. Wagah Border Ceremony V, India/ Pakistan Border
13. Adorning the Palki Sahib with Wreaths of Flowers at the Golden Temple, Amritsar
14. Tibetan Monks Chanting at Gyuto Branch Monastery House No. 422, McLeod Ganj
15. Distant Temple Ritual, Naggar
16. Jach Festival in Kulu Valley, Jana
17. Bell and Echo at Ganga Aarti, Haridwar
18. Loud Bells on Ganga, Haridwar
19. Ganga Aarti Ceremony, Haridwar
20. Ganga Aarti Ceremony II, Haridwar
21. Ganga Aarti Ceremony III, Haridwar
22. Ganga Aarti Ceremony IV, Haridwar
23. Ganga Aarti Ceremony V, Haridwar
24. Naga Worship Ceremony, Pokhara, Nepal
25. Naga Worship Ceremony II, Pokhara, Nepal
26. Woman Reading Tibetan Prayers and Child Laughing, Braga, Nepal
27. Rama Nam Sati Heh, Chant of the Dead, Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi
28. Sunrise Ceremony at Panchganga Ghat, Varanasi
29. Sunrise Ceremony at Panchganga Ghat II, Varanasi
30. Morning Ceremony at Assi Ghat, Varanasi
31. Shiva Worship Ceremony, Varanasi
32. Drums and Bells Above Jatarghat, Varanasi
33. Prayer Reading in Shiva Temple, Varanasi
34. Santoor and Tabla at Assi Ghat, Varanasi
Total running time: 01:02:59
Volume III is natural. Soundscapes meant to create a three dimensional space. Field recordings in the purist sense.
01. 9 Wood Street, Bangalore
02. Birds at Cubbon Park, Bangalore
03. Sari Printer in Old Neighborhood, Bangalore
04. Wind Chimes in Palm Meadows, Bangalore
05. Quarrel in a Small Village, Train Between Bangalore and Kochi
06. Kalimba in Music Shop, Kochi
07. Kids at School, Kochi
08. Between Half-moon and Paradise Beach, Gokarna
09. Drum Circle, Gokarna
10. Announcement Through Blown Speaker, Hyderabad Train Station
11. Kids Play Large Kettle Drum with Red Swastika Painted in the Center for Holi Festival, Jodhpur
12. Bowl-Pressing Machine, Jodhpur
13. Camelbell, Great Thar Desert
14. Encountering a Baby Goat, Great Thar Desert
15. Rain and Thunderstorm at Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner
16. Doing the Dishes at the Golden Temple, Amritsar
17. Horses Trot Down from Tiffin Top, Nainital
18. Early Morning Pony Herd in Timang, Nepal
19. Cicadas in Rhododendrons on the Trail to Ghorepani, Nepal
20. US Ambassador to Nepal Speaks to US Embassy after Earthquake, Kathmandu, Nepal
21. Rowboat on Ganga River, Varanasi
22. Pack of Rabid Dogs on Full Moon, Varanasi
Total running time: 28:50
GFR 099Joseph Young | In a Shetland Landscape
01. Birds, Burra (02:24)
02. Gulls, Silwick (02:20)
03. Birds & wind turbine, Vementry (03:09)
04. Bird colony, Unst (03:59)
05. Wind at gate (*) (04:45)
06. Wind in tower, Bressay (02:39)
07. Trees; Sheep; Birds; Barn Door (04:20)
08. Rain, abandoned farm building (02:57)
09. Viking Fishing Festival (05:07)
10. Walls Fair (09:20)
11. Barbara's Machine (01:55)
12. Roaring Sea, Yell (04:07)
13. Rock pool, Meal Beach (*) (03:02)
14. St. Ninian's Isle (03:11)
Total running time: 56:15
All sounds apart from (*) recorded August 2015
(*) recorded November 2014
The sounds for this album were recorded on a series of walks in the Shetland Isles
In November 2014 and August 2015, using binaural microphones. They form the base material for a collaborative exhibition of the same name with ceramist Kay Aplin, opening in April 2016 at Shetland Museum & Archives.
The title of the album references John Cage's composition 'In A Landscape' and the idea of immersion in the landscape rather than the 'objective' act of observing or listening to it.
)) Please listen on headphones ))
GFR 098Alexander Baker | Any field recording, replayed, begins to dream...
01. Any field recording, replayed, begins to dream (27:00)
A piece created with sounds collected during two stays in Frigiliana, Andalusia, 2014-15.
Any field recording, replayed, begins to dream...
As there are waters under the mountain... As there is blood in the stones...
Life divided into streets, narrow and steep. Echoes. Water roars in the ravine. At the corner of a sun struck square a culvert mutters. The mountain’s unconscious seeps into the fountains. Voices burble in shadowed rooms.
Divided, narrow and steep. The effort to climb away from history’s shale and scree. At dawn the sky is valley, the valley is sky. Daylight teems as though twilight will never be. At night the bells fall silent.
GFR 097Balam Ronan | La Escucha De Lo Cotidiano / La Escucha Que Transforma - Acción no. 2
01. 8am 02. 9am 03. 10am 04. 11am 05. 12am 06. 1pm 07. 2pm 08. 3pm 09. 4pm
10. 5pm 11. 6pm 12. 7pm 13. 8pm 14. 9pm 15. 10pm 16. 11pm 17. 12pm 18. 1am
(total running time: 36:00)
This is the second action of the project La Escucha De Lo Cotidiano / La Escucha Que Transforma (Listening to the Everyday / Listening that Transforms), which consisted in making field recordings each hour for a day, since I woke up in the morning until I went to sleep at night. The recordings were made from 8 am on November 5th until 1 am on November 6th of 2015, a normal day in which everyday sounds are heard. Link of the project: http://balamronan.net/la-escucha-de-lo-cotidiano-la-escucha- que-transforma/