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field recordings

by dave phillips

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    using pure, untreated, untampered recordings made in Thai National Parks, but as opposed to 'insect' not layered nor mixed but arranged in single takes, each cut indexed. recorded between january - march 2001 and january - february 2004.

    Recording Locations:
    Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani Province
    Khao Luang National Park, Nakhon Si Tammarat Province
    Kho Tao, Surat Thani Province
    Kho Chang, Trat Province
    Kho Siboya, Krabi Province
    Kho Bulon Lae, Satun Province,

    REVIEW courtesy of musique machine:

    As its title suggest this is made up purely of field recordings taken from various jungle areas in and around Thailand, over a four year period. The field recordings are left as recorded and tamper free, and I have to say this is one of the most replayble, strange, haunting and rewarding field recordings disk I’ve come across.
    Dave Phillips is know to many for his often vomit educing & mind frying sound cut-ups and noise attacks. Here he takes his keen ear for unusual and often very odd sounds and takes us on a heady, strange, natural ambient sonic journey. Taking in insect, gibbon, bullfrog and canine sounds, along with waterfalls, heatseettling and the general rich and often very bizarre sounds of the jungle. Though there is no editing or manipulation going on here the sequence of the tracks is very clever going from slightly jarring, hallucinogenic and highly atmospheric. As expected with this type of thing the tracks are often very short going from a few seconds up to minute plus, but it all seems to flow well making an enjoyable and consistent whole. A few tracks are a little longer and the longest here is the simple breathtaking track 17 which is a recording of a sunset Concerto of inserts that goes on for 20 minutes & manages to be both alien, ambient, soothing, bizarrely rhythmic, haunting & simply amazing really - built around the various rich and strange tones of the insects. Really standing up as a great and strange piece of ambience in its own right.

    The disk comes in a nice oversized full colour folder with liner notes by Mr Phillips and pictures from his trips around Thailand. This will certainly appeal beyond the normal field recording market, been of interest to ambient and noise fans too.

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a waterfall. 00:59
late night 02:25


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.

recording locations:
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.

complete titles:

(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


released January 1, 2007


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dave phillips Zürich, Switzerland

sound as communication in direct and primal form, a language, a tool of metaphysics, a conscience, a consciousness. works that oppose the omnipresent restriction and reduction of life, to activate primordial shared emotions otherwise hidden under the debris of civilisation.
ritual protest music, to curse homo sapiens out of its infancy.
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