field recordings made in thailand 2001 - 2004.
these recordings have been equalized, other than that they have been left as recorded; no mixing, no layering, no normalization or compression, no effects nor any other additions or manipulations; all cuts are indexed. play loud. alternate playback through earphones is highly recommended. seriously.
khao sok national park, surat thani province (1, 3 - 5, 7 - 17)
khao luang national park, nakhon si tammarat province (2)
kho tao, surat thani province (6)
kho chang, trat province (18 - 22, 25, 27)
kho siboya, krabi province (23, 24)
kho bulon lae, satun province (26),
recorded by dave phillips, january - march 2001 and january - february 2004.
originally released on cd in 2007 by little enjoyer (sold out).
cover photos by dp, design by mike shiflet.
(1) walking and climbing through jungle along a stream in the midday heat, up to the 7th tier of (2) a waterfall, (3) wandering along a footpath, as the sun starts to set and some creatures tune up for the evening concertoes.
(4) one of my favourite insects, piercingly loud, its sound can be heard for miles, (5) and they appear in varying frequencies.
(6) an acoustic habit/ritual of (not only) insects seems to go with the setting of the sun, in this case of zicadas (recorded by the sea on tao island) that would go off at that same moment each evening, and would end as abruptly as they started. groups of zicadas in different trees play different parts, thus seeming to follow a compositional pattern not unlike ones heard in the chanting of tibetan monks.
(7) late night (8) and early morning jungle walks.
(9) another individual of the same kind found on 4 and 5, with what i call the ’whistler’.
(10) ornithological oration, (11) noon heat serenade.
(12)+(13) some insects/sounds seem harder to come by than others, and probably also only play at specific times, like this group i heard, but the once, at around 3 p.m
. in a bamboo-forest i often passed.
(14) early morning gibbon vocalisations and (15) canine games.
(16) late afternoon canine accompaniment on my way to catch the jungle’s insect musicians at their loudest, (17) grand sunset concerto, in the midst of the jungle. the recording does not do the event justice - impossible to document.
(18) the tukae is a shy night creature, related to the gecko but much larger, rarely seen but often heard. the male’s mating-call.
(19)+(20) moving slowly along the coastal road of chang island at night, (21) coming across a lost puppy on the beach, (22) and these frogs, in a pond about 100 meters from the beach, who follow, same as the zicadas on 6, a certain compositional pattern, what with the larger vocalists coming in at certain points where the higher registers reduce their volume, et cetera. and who said animals have no culture?
(23)+(24) bullfrogs, who somehow dig themselves under the earth’s outer layer, usually in very swampy areas. their song is sung mostly during and after rainfall.
(25) the same fellow as on 18.
(26) the same type of insect as found on 4, 5, 9 and others, in more of a solo position, and complete, with distinct mates, and the sea, in the background. the sunset concerto on this particular island prominently features this type of insect.
(27) tide on its way out