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« on: March 13, 2018, 07:35:59 PM »

I searched for such a thread.  Found nothing.  If this is redundant, please delete.

Peaceful video with great recording of ice that sounds like ELF/VLF recordings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaTDfK5o3rE

"Earlier this winter, Henrik Trygg filmed his friend Mårten Ajne skating on less than two inches of lake ice. The result was a mini-documentary that captured the eerie, beautiful sounds of bending ice."
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2018, 08:21:28 PM »

What?? It's about time for this thread, then.

More ice: https://youtu.be/Q2VRbGetzUU
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2018, 10:46:38 PM »

I have an insane full moon frog orgy recording I need to do something with. Love this stuff, even when absolutely nothing is happening.

One of my favorites is something I think Dylan Nyoukis posted years ago; recording from a buddhist temple where it's this extremely loud drone of crickets being drowned by out these evenly spaced, resonant bell tones. Will see if I can find it on an HD somewhere...
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2018, 07:10:46 AM »

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Various_Artists_Sonic_Mmabolela/

Francisco Lopez and a revolving door of others doing pure 90% field recording work with an African flavor - 10% involve electronics/instruments which I tended to skip, but the pure field recording ones are great as sleep material. Insects, birds, distant animals mostly. Some fairly "harsh."
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2018, 04:31:25 AM »

Daniel Menche's Raw Recording Series is great. My picks are "Ant Hill", "School Basements" and "Sea Lions Barking".

https://danielmenche.bandcamp.com/album/raw-recording-series
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2018, 11:26:39 AM »

I think Chris Watson is somewhat 'famous' for this ?

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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2019, 10:40:50 PM »

https://dave-phillips.bandcamp.com/album/south-africa-recordings

Raw recordings, but he's influenced these in a fantastic way.  Raw indeed.  Volume jacked?  Definitely have a great feel to them, whereas some straight field recordings can come off as sterile.  These do not.  Loud and powerful.  Like they've been manipulated, but not.  Hands To-ish even.
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2019, 09:21:43 AM »

https://www.discogs.com/Alan-Lamb-Archival-Recordings-Primal-Image-Beauty/release/170796

One I used to play often.
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2019, 11:18:24 AM »

https://dave-phillips.bandcamp.com/album/south-africa-recordings

Raw recordings, but he's influenced these in a fantastic way.  Raw indeed.  Volume jacked?  Definitely have a great feel to them, whereas some straight field recordings can come off as sterile.  These do not.  Loud and powerful.  Like they've been manipulated, but not.  Hands To-ish even.

Thanks, I listened to some of this last night.  Quite immersive.

Some of his ritual work sounded great too, this one especially
https://dave-phillips.bandcamp.com/album/clearing
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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2019, 04:52:13 PM »

Felix Hess (friend of Remko Scha) released 4 tapes and one LP with frog sounds in the 80s.. https://www.discogs.com/artist/279315-Felix-Hess
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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2019, 09:02:41 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2019, 10:13:15 AM »

Aarniaallot, a small label closely related to Aural Hypnox in Finland, has released three binaural "3D" nature recordings on CD/digi in 2014:

- Koskelle ("To the Rapids)
- Tulilla ("At the Fire")
- Soutu ("Rowing")

https://aarniaallot.bandcamp.com

These were never targeted at the "musical audience" really, so they're rather hard to find at the moment via the usual channels. I believe NHFA Store has a pile of them, still.
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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2019, 03:00:56 PM »

I was just listening to "Soutu" CD yesterday. All these three CD's are good. There is nothing "musical" about them. No cutting, no adjusting, no effects. Just something "happening". And this something tends to be highly textured with small detail.

More recent Finnish field recordings focused work:
Got JAZZHAND tape, where it is focused a lot into field recordings, but within this, is buried details like distant screaming happening in the city soundscape. Not to be confused with C. Spencer Yeh project under almost same name. I liked a lot this tape, even if it doesn't come out as masterpiece. It comes out as sort of unique. Mixing field recordings with things that happen within soundscape and quite surprisingly takes turn into electronic sound and back to field recordings.
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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2020, 05:32:51 PM »

Gave the  Francisco Lopez/John Duncan - Nav 2CD (2000) a go a couple weeks ago.  Didn't much hit me, but when Noisextra mentioned the Lopez Through The Looking-Glass 5CD set (2009), it seemed like a good idea.  I don't know where you draw the line, but I was surprised Addy En El País De Las Frutas Y Los Chunches (1997) wasn't included.  Maybe because it was already reissued once before?  That's such a great listen.  Highly recommended.  As for the box set, I was already very familiar with La Selva and Buildings (New York).  La Selva is a Lopez favorite and right up there with Addy.  I didn't know Sub Rosa gave La Selva an odd reissue a couple years ago.  CD4, Qal'at Abd'Al-Salam - O Parladoiro Desamortuxado (also issued on CD back in 1995), was new to me.  Old recordings with more of an industrial and manipulated vibe to them.  Such a great feel that I probably mistakenly don't associate with Lopez.  How are the Nowhere - Short Pieces 1983 to 2003 and 1980-82 releases?

EDIT:  CD5 of this Lopez set is more of what I refer to as Trente Oiseaux sound, and it is from 2008.  A let down after the first four discs of greatness.
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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2020, 05:49:03 PM »

I have an insane full moon frog orgy recording I need to do something with. Love this stuff, even when absolutely nothing is happening.

One of my favorites is something I think Dylan Nyoukis posted years ago; recording from a buddhist temple where it's this extremely loud drone of crickets being drowned by out these evenly spaced, resonant bell tones. Will see if I can find it on an HD somewhere...

Did you ever find the recording?  It sounds really interesting.

As for nature recordings in general, I especially like recordings of bird calls and songs.  I have a lot of birds in my yard, and have made many recordings of them.  It's really fun to manipulate them by shifting the pitches and speed.
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