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Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Kalerne KAL04
Release Year: 2013
Note: a field recording homage to the landscape of Cevennes (southeast of the Massif Central in France), exceptional sounds of insects, vultures, rare birds, stags, but also streams & storms were recorded... comes with beautiful 28p. booklet, great high fidelity audio quality !!
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"Marc & Olivier Namblard, audio-naturalists and listening wanderers, examining from childhood this contrasted and elusive landscape, situated in the southeast of the Massif Central, called 'Cvennes'. Patience, exploration and familiarity with the natural environment have enabled them to create a body of work of field recordings that are of the highest depth and quality. The best from amongst them have been assembled on these two disks, as an homage to the landscape of Cvennes and to the sounds of its fauna. Amongst the subjects presented here: singing insects of the Causses, vultures feeding, passerine songs, underground streams, barking stags, rumbling storms, amphibian choruses and sheep bells. Two CDs and 28 page booklet with colour illustrations included. Published by Kalerne Editions and Atelier Hui-Kan, in Taiwan, Autumn 2013. Recording, montage, mixing : Marc and Olivier Namblard Production, mastering : Yannick Dauby Photographies : Marc et Olivier Namblard, Martine Schnoering Design : Atelier Hui-Kan English translation : Patrick McGinley" [label info]


"Not many people seem to advocate CDs and, come to think of this, it never was better. One of the main complaints - and let's not go into that whole analogue sounds better than digital thing - ever since the start of manufacturing CDs was that the booklet was so small. "With LPs you really had something in your hand" - maybe listening to LPs is for shaky grand daddy's hands. I always loved CDs and this particular proofs another point. While it's all factory made, this slip case contains two CDs and an excellent booklet of necessary information and some great photography. It's slightly bigger than a regular CD box, but in every inch a finely designed product. The other thing I like about CDs: they don't crackle like vinyl does ("yeah, but CDs aren't in 25 years, and vinyl will" - I won't be around either to listen to either of them), which in this case is another pro. Here we have two brothers, both of them interested in recording wildlife sounds, Marc with a background in fine arts
and Olivier just interested in tape recorders and microphones from a very young age. The recordings here were made at the same place as the title - duh - and it's a range of mountains in south central France, part of the Massif Central. I don't think I ever visited the area, but looking at these pictures, I know I should. I was playing this on repeat all on new year's eve. Outside, here in The Netherlands, you can hear fireworks all day and that's terrible. I could replace that with 'real' music, but I don't. I rather have these recordings from nature playing here, imagining a live in the sun, of holiday, of laziness. Not of cold, winter, and fireworks. All of which I don't really like, but suffer a bit from. The bird calls, insects, water sounds, all expertly captured with some excellent microphones. These pieces are pure and clean, culled right from nature, carefully selected. Some of this stuff sounds like pure electronic music, but it isn't, of course. It's cicadas, water or
birds - even wind maybe performing a nice mighty drone, such as in 'Bisa'. I need to stop working, take a break, take a holiday, go see the 'Cevennes' perhaps and witness all of this in real nature. When is summer time around again?" [FdW/Vital Weekly]