Long tracks offer relaxing ambience, yet also reward attentive listening. The extensive notes make a case for expanding study of bark beetle biology to include their acoustic behaviors. Day of Sound Jason Reinier, Various Artists Recorded midnight to midnight on a single day by 36 recordists on four continents, this graceful mix is delightfully ordinary yet surprising, featuring casual everyday voices like birds, neighborhoods, and sleet on the window, as well as human creativity with sound, including a wave organ and a tunnel singer.
The Day of Sound project has been featured on All Things Considered an early 8-minute mix of this project and The New York Times Online a millennial project recorded over a two day period. Now world-class field recordist Douglas Quin Antarctica, Forests joins him, improvising not over chord changes, but sound changes. World-tinged jazz ensemble featuring clarinet, guitar, bass, large wooden flutes, and percussion; natural sounds form the foundations for the tone and improvisations of each cut.
Antarctica: Musical Images of the Frozen Continent Chris Vear EarthEar is helping sell the last few dozen copies of this ambitious and rewarding multimedia project produced after Vear accompanied a British science team to Antarctica.
Includes the half-hour title film and soundscape with three viewing optionsseveral shorter films, as well as a CD featuring extended tracks of source recordings that are themselves utterly engrossing. Lawrence shares a previously unexplored acoustic habitat, Lasr Remaining - Various - Générations 88.2 (CD), with engaging descriptions of the species and locations on each track. Finally, an EarthEar release that healing arts professionals can love!
This is the our first release to maintain a fairly consistent tone throughout. Lovers of deep trance music can also go far with this one!
The CD presents a day in the life of the forest, beginning with the dawn bird chorus along a small stream. Striking primate sounds fill the afternoon, which ends with a shower and an evening of rhythmic, ringing frog calls.
A straight-forward and varied rainforest disc, presented with a clarity and quality that is a cut above. Why do Whales and Children Sing? David Dunn How did our culture come to lose its appreciation for the voices of our planetary companions?
What can paying attention to sound offer us, individually and collectively? This book of short essays, each accompanied by a track on the CD, introduces the universal qualities of sound-making and listening, and is filled with sudden kernels of synthesis and insight.
It's a great blend of history, philosophy, personal reflection, deep ecology musings, and cultural context. The CD has 40 tracks, nearly all being natural sounds, with a few exploring human sound-making. Forests: A Book of Hours Douglas Quin A groundbreaking combination of field recordings from forests in Madagascar, Africa, and Brazil, interwoven with sections of composed and improvised music that evokes connection and tunes our ears to the dynamics of nature's language.
In subtle ways, even the day-cycle of "natural" sound at the heart of this minute work is composed, as Quin employs various electronic, structural, and emotional approaches to "play" the soundscape itself. Among the highlights are several African choral pieces, a trans-Atlantic meeting of primates, and the blurring of distinctions between the musics of nature and man.
Eco-acoustic Compositions David Monacchi David Monacchi takes us on a very personal journey, into both the diverse sonic Lasr Remaining - Various - Générations 88.2 (CD) itself Lasr Remaining - Various - Générations 88.2 (CD) pieces focusing by turn on water, insects, birds, whales, and rainforestsand the creative possibilities available to composers inspired by these voices around us.
Lisa Walker is a classically trained violinist who spent four years doing field research on whale songs. At the time that Dunn released it on his own init immediately became an essential expression of his singular approach.
Exploring the persistence of spirit in the landscape and culture of Zimbabwe, the disc is at once deeply sensitive and entirely free of romanticism, rooted in current cultural and ecological conditions.
Includes animals recorded at waterholes, church singing and tourist performances, and storytelling. The Time of Bells 1 Steven Feld This ongoing series of releases is the most comprehensive, and engaging, exploration of the roles of bells in society. Focus is largely on rural bells and the ways that bells shape daily, seasonal, and ceremonial time. The best soundscape recordings are not gentle, easy listening ambiences but revelations of our environment of sudden intensity.
Like all real art, these works teach us to experience the world anew even after they have stopped playing. Like the best nature photography, nature phonography can be sensitive, inspiring, deep and perceptive, and get beyond the easy sense of voyeurism. E Magazine. The EarthEar CDs are very accessible, intriguing sensory excursions which can be visited over and over without monotony. The inhabitants of post-apocalypse Labrador have vague knowledge of the "Old People", a technologically advanced civilization they believe was destroyed when God sent " Tribulation " to the world to punish their forebears' sins.
The inhabitants practise a form of fundamentalist Christianity; they believe that to follow God's word and prevent another Tribulation, they must preserve absolute normality among the surviving humans, plants and animals, and therefore practice eugenics.
Humans with even minor mutations are considered blasphemies and either killed or sterilized and banished to the Fringes, a lawless and untamed area rife with animal and plant mutations, and suggested to be contaminated with radiation. Arguments occur over the keeping of a tailless cat or the possession of over-sized horses. These are deemed by the government to be legitimate breeds, either preexisting or achieved through conventional breeding.
The government's position is considered both cynical and heretical by many of the orthodox frontier community, and it is suggested that they support the usage of these animals for the sole purpose of their greater efficiency. The inland rural settlement of Waknuk is a frontier farming community, populated with hardy and pious individuals, and is where the story mainly takes place. David Strorm, the son of Waknuk's most religious man, Joseph Strorm, has dreams of large cities and "horseless carts", although he does not understand why he has these dreams or what they mean, and is cautious about mentioning it to his father, lest he raise suspicion that he's a mutant.
He makes friends with Sophie, a girl who secretly has six toes on one of her feet. Later, Sophie's family attempts to escape from the reprisals ceremonies in which blasphemies are sterilized when, having walked ashore from swimming, her wet footprints are observed by a local boy.
David and other children in Waknuk hide their own form of mutation: telepathy. David's Uncle Axel, who knew about the group from talking to David about his telepathy when he was young, advises David, and protects them from persecution. He advises David on the wisdom of hiding his and the others ability, and later kills the husband of one of the group's members who was planning to blackmail the telepaths.
David's younger sister Petra demonstrates exceptionally strong telepathic talent when her horse is attacked by a wildcat - she calls to all the telepaths for help across the entire Waknuk area, and stuns those closest to her. That leads to suspicion from the locals, and Uncle Axel warns the group, via David, that the Inspectors are beginning to investigate them. Later, two telepaths, Katherine and Sally, are captured and tortured for information, while David, his cousin Rosalind, and Petra escape to the Fringes.
A group of men from various districts band together to track and capture the telepaths - unknown to the Norms, the posse includes a telepath named Michael who keeps the escaping group informed of the trackers' progress. Later, with Petra's strong telepathic abilities, they contact a society with telepaths in a different country they mistakenly refer to as "Sealand" New Zealand. With the help of Sophie, who is now living in the Fringes, they escape the hunters and are rescued by a Sealand expedition.
Unfortunately, they do not have enough fuel to take the craft back to Waknuk to pick up Rachel, the lone remaining Waknuk telepath, so they continue to Sealand. Michael vows to return to Waknuk to rescue Rachel, and join them in Sealand however they can.
Though the nature of "Tribulation" is not explicitly stated, it is implied that it was a nuclear holocaustboth by the mutations and by the stories of sailors who report blackened, glassy wastes to the south-west where the remains of faintly glowing cities can be seen presumably the east coast of the US.
Sailors venturing too close to these ruins experience symptoms consistent with radiation sickness. A woman from Sealand, a character with evident knowledge of the Old People's technology, mentions "the power of gods in the hands of Lasr Remaining - Various - Générations 88.2 (CD), referring to the nuclear capabilities of world power which were led by incompetent political leaders.
The inland village of Waknuk Wabush Lasr Remaining - Various - Générations 88.2 (CD) in southwestern Labrador. Labrador has become a much warmer place in the fictional future, with large tracts of arable land. Rigo Rigolet is the capital of Labrador and the fictional government in the book, a fairly large river town near the east coast.
The port of Lark Lark Harbour is mentioned as a way-point on the west coast of the island of Newf Newfoundland where sailors may obtain provisions. A large island to the north-east Greenland is rumoured to be inhabited by an amazonian people with bizarre habits. Northern islands are described as being cold and inhabited chiefly by birds and sea animals islands of Nunavut. Uncle Axel, a former sailor, has travelled far to the south of Labrador, and from a distance seen the "Black Coasts", where there are areas with what look like ruins of the old civilisation.
He also recounts second-hand tales of South American primates living in forests. Later, the existence of geographic areas far less affected by the nuclear exchange and fallout are established, particularly Sealand New Zealandwhich is home to a socially and technologically advanced society where telepathy not only is the norm, but is encouraged and developed as a survival advantage.
Although stylistically The Chrysalids does not differ markedly from Wyndham's other novels, the subject matter is rather different. While most are set against a mid-twentieth-century English middle-class background, The Chrysalids is set in a future society which is described in some detail. Unlike most of his novels, it is also a coming-of-age story.
Francis McComasreviewing the American release for The New York Timesdeclared that the "outstanding success" of the novel lay in Wyndham's "creation of humanly understandable characters that are, after all, something more and less than human" and concluded that the novel "will be well noted and long remembered". The critic and science fiction author Damon Knight wrote  that Wyndham "failed to realize how good a thing he had.
The sixth toe was immensely believable, and sufficient; but Wyndham has dragged in a telepathic mutation on top of it; has made David himself one of the nine child telepaths, and hauled the whole plot away from his carefully built background, into just one more damned chase with a rousing cliche at the end of it The novel also got some positive reviews. The Ottawa Citizen judged the novel as "brilliant" and "a top-notch piece of sci-fi that should be enjoyed for generations yet to come".
Earley praised it as "a compelling story and Mr.
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