| 1 | Favourite Places | Various
Time: March 08
Media: CD & Digital Download
Info: Favourite Places brings together field and
compositional recordings depicting places of
importance and significance within the lives of
Creative direction: www.stereographic.co.uk
Interactive website: www.audiobulb.com/fp.htm
|TRACKS & LOCATIONS | 1 | FP
Artist: Taylor Deupree
Place: Forest, Pound Ridge, New York
Track: 6 a.m.
Location: 41º13'43”N, 73º34'46”W
Artist: Dot Tape Dot
Place: My Bathroom
Track: Shower Time & Glockenspiel
Location: 43º32'31.78''N, -5º 39'55.80''W
Place: Studio Apartment
Track: In Case There Is An Emergency
Location: 34º01'35"N, 118º24'46"W
Place: Tranøy Fyr
Track: Tranøy Lighthouse
Location: 68º11'02”N, 15º36'7”E
Artist: John Kannenberg
Place: Great Court, British Museum, London
Track: The Mausoleum of All Hope and Desire
Location: 51 ° 31'07"N, 0 ° 07'38W
Place: Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto
Track: A Place For Saving
Location: A Place For Saving (featuring Midori Hirano)
Artist: Aaron Ximm
Place: Alley between Gola Gali and Thatheri Bazaar
Track: Chai in the City of Light
Location: 25°18'45"N, 83°0'35"E
Place: Robert Moses Causeway
Location: 40°40'32.95"N, 73°16'24.10"W
Artist: Leafcutter John
Track: Guitar Composed
Location: 51°33'14”N, 0°03'15”W
Artist: Nomad Palace
Place: Long Lake
Location: 44º13'0"N, 89º7'32"W
|INTERACTIVE WEBSITE | 1 | FP
|REVIEWS | 1 | Favourite Places
When ten multitalented and respected international artists/musicians join up and collectively share personal
portraits of their most cherished places via sounds, photographs, and written word, something good is bound
to result - and it has - a new release from Audiobulb Records titled FAVOURITE, PLACES . A précis of
FAVOURITE, PLACES would be that it contains ten individual snapshots of much loved places documented in
sound, picture, and written word. As enjoyable and relevant as listening to the sounds unfold on this intimate
audio diary of FAVOURITE, PLACES is unfolding the accompanying insert. Printed front-and-back, it opens out
to reveal twelve square panels/sections. Two of the panels depict the album's cover art while each of the
remaining ten sections contains a photograph of each artist's favorite place on one side and a brief description
on the opposite side detailing why that particular place was chosen.
Each composition is constructed from field recordings, real instruments, and various degrees of digital
processing/editing. The sound styles are as varied as the diverse locations represented which range from
pastoral environments (forest, lakeside cottage, land bridge, shrine. lighthouse) to urban settings (ancient
Indian city, museum) to very domestic, intimate locales (bathroom, studio, apartment).
FAVOURITE, PLACES begins with Taylor Deupree's early morning forest recording 6 a.m. being an idyllic
banquet of soft, shimmering tones and acoustic guitar. Dot Tape Dot brings a slice of domestic life with the
self-descriptive titled Shower Time and Glockenspiel which juxtaposes sounds of bathing and shower time
with beautiful carillon. Claudia's studio apartment is the setting for In Case there is An Emergency which is
a nostalgic collage of voices, found sounds, and broken, toy-like noises. Biosphere visited the Tranøy
Lighthouse to collect his source sounds. The initial segment capturing the scolding twitter of a flock of angry
terns stands in stark contrast to the mellow IDM tinged ambiance that follows. John Kannenberg, who might
just be regarded as the expert here on the sonics of spaces, used field recordings taken in a museum as the
basis for The Mausoleum of All Hope and Desire . Whispering conversations, children's voices,
announcements, echoing footsteps, coughing, and objects being moved open this piece that over the course
of it duration slowly evolves into a whirling, droning, ambient symphony. RF (Ryan Francesconi), in
collaboration with Midori Hirano, created A Place For Saving whose inspiration is a field recording of walking
the paths at Shimogamo Shrine at various times. Tender, poignant vocals by Midori, Ryan's beautiful acoustic
guitar playing , and soft melodies give this slow moving piece an ethereal atmosphere true to the location.
Delving into the second half of the CD, Aaron Ximm captures moments in sound in an alley in the sacred Indian
city of Varanasi with Chai in the City of Light . Carefully layered segments of voices extracted from chattering
crowds of inhabitants , chants, resonating bells, and the hiss of steam building in a pot of boiling water show
The Quiet American's expertise in transforming isolated everyday sounds into an extraordinary aural exposé.
It's a hard call, but I'll tag New York-based Damon Zucconi's (Build) Untitled as my favorite piece on release.
Based on recordings taken on the Robert Moses Causeway (bridge connecting Long Island to Fire Island),
about a minute's worth of road noise and highways sounds develops into almost four-minutes of cinematic
blissfulness, loaded with sweet choral sounds, bits of rapid-fire percussion, tiny hiccups of glitch, and then,
towards the end, reaches an apex of orchestral ambiance. Leafcutter John is an alias of UK-based musician/
sound artist John Burton. He fuses samples, computer music, and folk influences coupled with Max/MSP
processing into an electro-acoustic folk amalgam. The first half of Guitar Composed consists some rather
abrasive (and mildly irritating) sawing sounds and odd guitar noise that for a brief period erupts into a bit of
techno madness before returning to an abstract clutter of noises and then settling down towards the end into
a still noisy but threatening short-lived segment of darkness. Nomad Palace (Nate Zabriskie, Milwaukee USA)
brings the CD full circle back to its pastoral beginnings with Northern. The lakeside cottage owned by his
family is remembered by him as a place of "firsts". A two-minute segment crackling field recordings (water
noise - maybe a gentle rain shower, wind noise) turns into a wonderfully percolating ambient piece of
harmonious tones brimming sweetness and but shaded with a touch of melancholy.
FAVOURITE, PLACES is an excellent addition to Audiobulb's discography demonstrating not only the label's
diversity and commitment to exellence, but also showcasing the talents of several exceptional musicians
and sound artists from around the world.
No doubt everybody must have a place that they call their own. A place which you cherish and go back.
Like a forest, the bath, a museum or an alley. These are just four of the examples on this CD of ten pieces
of artists' favorite places which they were asked to record and then treat those recordings into a music
piece - both source and composition are inside one track. The whole project comes with photos and
coordinates. All neat and carefully planned. The end result is certainly as great. From forest walk by
Taylor Deupree to the lighthouse of Biosphere, from the bath of Dot Tape Dot and the studio of Leafcutter
John - it all sounds intimate and the music they play as a result of these intimate recordings is of a likewise
intimate nature. Drones, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar and rhythms make up eerie music. It moves away
from the previous compilations by this label that the artists are better known, musicwise it moves more
towards ambient and less to techno music (in all it's guises) and the thematic approach. Topped off with
an elaborate packaging (both print work and jewel case) this is the best effort on Audiobulb so far.
Also included are Claudia, John Kannenberg, RF, Aaron Ximm, Build and Nomad Palace. Very lush.
The question an artist fears more than any other is: What inspires you? This is not to say that the issue
were unimportant or even trivial. Quite on the contrary: The reason is that he mostly doesn't know the
answer himself. “Favourite Places” now tries to shed some light on one of the greatest wonders the world
has on offer.
For this collection, Audiobulb have invited ten artists to contribute a track representing a space of relevance
to them. The geographical distances covered by the sampler weave a net of finely humming tunes, which
runs from one side of the Atlantic to the other and all the way to Japan: Taylor Deupree recorded insects
buzzing in the early morning air at the back of his house, Dot Tape Dot's Dani soaped himself in for a jump
into his beloved bathtub, while Ryan Francesconi paid a personal homage to the “peaceful forested place
not far from the centre of Kyoto” that is the Shimogamo Shrine.
Around every corner, there is wonder, underneath every stone a story. Just as eclectic as its roster of
composers is the motivation that lies at the basis of their contributions. To Biosphere, “Tranoy Fir” brings
back memories both of a beautiful summer night and of suddenly being attacked by a swarm of birds, John
Kannenberg dotes on the fascination he holds for the acoustics of musea (including what they do to the
sounds of one's own body), while Nate Zabriskie of Nomad Palace has selected a completely unspectacular,
but all the more intimate spot: His family's lakeside cottage has been home to his earliest childhood memories.
Almost all pieces here open with a stretch of field recording, presenting the place's acoustics in a pure form,
before the music comes in, entering a symbiosis with the pre-recorded material. The concept of the album has
almost automatically led to the plethora of pieces conveying a tranquil, truly happy ambiance of inner quietude
and calm. Glockenspiel, guitar, flute, floating drones and heavenly melodies fill the air, leading the listener into
a three dimensional dream full of vivid impressions.
On a few occasions, the composers however display an interest in other emotions, pleasantly bending the
tension arch: Kannenberg's “The Mausoleum of All Hope and Desire” is grand and majestic, Aaron Ximm's
“Chai in the City of Light” an inverted psychotrope vision and Leafcutter John's “Guitar Composed” a bizarrely
poetic sawing session.
Because of their similarity in arrangement, the tracks can be seen as depicting the inspirational process in a
very direct way: Where first was chaos, there now is order and the unpitched sounds of the world around
us are suddenly transposed into the realms of harmony. In each case, the link between the artist's environment
and his music is a direct one: Images, noises or words rise up from the moment and pour themselves on the
empty canvas of his mind. If there seems to be a discrepancy or conflict between the location and the piece
resulting from it, then this is only obvious: After all, the composition is always subjective, led by sudden and
all too often contradictory emotions.
How does it happen precisely? Well, “Favourite Places” offers no clear-cut answers. Very different places
can lead to very similar results, while almost identical situations can lead to completely diverging works –
perusing the booklet for background information to each track is a wonderful and – ahum – inspiring read, but
it doesn't lead to any conclusive methodology.
On the one hand, it sounds like a disappointment: The creative process is simply too personal to be summarised
in a single, unified theory. On the other hand, the message of this album is a very positive one: If so many
different places can serve as an impetus, then every moment offers the chance for beauty. While it may
never be satisfyingly answered, there is no longer any need to fear that question about inspiration.
Audiobulb has issued many fine releases but Favourite Places , a fully-realized compilation conceived and
produced with admirable care by all involved, may be the finest yet. Ten musical artists were asked to
make field recordings of places that hold personal significance and then augment them with an audio
component designed to capture their subjective impressions of the locales—a distillation of external and
internal realities, so to speak. In most cases, artists and geographical settings are equally varied: Taylor
Deupree in NY, Biosphere in Norway , RF in Japan , Aaron Ximm wandering through Varanasi 's old city
near the Ganges River , and so on. Enhancing their pieces is an accompanying fold-out poster that shows
written and visual information relating to each place.
One of the best pieces, Taylor Deupree's “6 a.m.,” appears first and is as lovely as his recent ROOM40
single Landing . Recorded from the back door of his Pound Ridge, NY home, the opening section focuses
on the swelling chirp of insects, the second augments them with glimmering tones, and the third adds
peaceful guitar shadings . Equally beautiful and as stirring as RF & Lili De La Mora's Eleven Continents is
RF's “A Place for Saving,” which opens with the sounds of a peaceful forest locale not far from the
Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto and is subsequently joined by Ryan Francesconi's peaceful acoustic guitar
playing and the entrancing whisper of vocalist Midori Hirano.
Each piece is notable for one reason or another. Biosphere, who recorded “Tranøy Lighthouse” at Tranøy
Fyr, Northern Norway when he was attempting to make a panoramic shot of the Lofoten Islands, bookends
a dreamy electronic waltz with the clatter of attacking terns. John Kannenberg documents the huge
reverberance of the Great Court in the British Museum , London and places an electrical drone at its
center (“The Mausoleum of All Hope and Desire”). Build travels the Robert Moses Causeway and re-imagines
the trip in the form of shimmering tones and squirrelly beats (“Untitled”), and Nomad Palace pairs a campfire
at his family's lakeside cottage at Long Lake with a wistful electronic song (“Northern”).
Sometimes a given field section goes on a bit too long—three full minutes of Dot Tape Dot splashing in his
bathtub and another three of Leafcutter John sawing in his workshop in Hackney, East London is about
twice as long as necessary in each case—but that's a relatively minor caveat. The project's producer
hopes that the recording will inspire listeners to become more sensitive to the audio dimensions of their
own favourite places, and the project has the potential to do so. Given the breadth and quality of this
first chapter, one naturally looks forward to the surprises other artists' “audio diaries” will present on
Everyone has a favourite place, be it cosy internal retreat or cherished patch of Great Outdoors. Forest,
bathtub, museum and alley find common cause on this audio-document from Sheffield experimental
electronica label, Audiobulb, compiling ten pieces representing selected artists' Favourite Places.
Captured field recordings blend with musical treatments to make mementoes enfolding inspiring source
within inspired composition.
Taylor Deupree – whose “6 a.m.” is one of the most successful pieces in its equilibrium of environment
and music - is content to watch the sun rise amid the susurration of his native New Yorker wildlife, insect
chatter shading into shimmering tones, then adding languid guitar colourings. Biosphere, on the other hand,
typically questing for more polar extremes, won’t settle for anything less than a swarm of terns clacking
angrily around a Norwegian lighthouse ("Tranøy Lighthouse") to sandwich his woozy waltz-beat filling.
RF’s serene stroll around Shimogamo Shrine, to the accompaniment of oh-so tasteful acoustic guitar
plucking and Midori Hirano heart-felt warblings, is a rather too precious delicacy for this listener. And
Claudia’s studio apartment setting for “In Case there is An Emergency” results in a collage of voices,
found sounds, and broken toy-tronics that proves slightly enervating.
A far more febrile soundscape comes from John Kannenberg, who fixates on public space on “The
Mausoleum of All Hope and Desire”, a reverberating drono-lithic collage sampling the British Museum's
Great Court. Sundry voices, footsteps, externations, and objects in motion evolve into a euphonic
soundwhirl. A stand-out too is a name familiar from previous Audiobulb compilations, Build, whose
cinematic drive along Robert Moses Causeway to a somewhat perturbed sounding ocean is envisioned
in shimmering digi-tones and sinuous glitch-stitched skitter-beats, climaxing in chiming electro-ambient
Some pieces, however, err in overindulging of topos at the expense of Musae. Three minutes of Dot
Tape Dot’s bathtub splashings on “Shower Time and Glockenspiel” and a similar stretch of Leafcutter
John’s workshop sawings are the type of contributions that tend to add fuel to Mr and Mrs Mainstream’s
suspicions of ‘experimental’ music, i.e. it doesn’t serve well as music. Overall, though, a good balance is
achieved across the set between pitched and unpitched material. The artist formerly known as The Quiet
American choreographs layers of crowd noise, chants, resonating bells, and the hiss of steam in a boiling
pot to create a transportive exhibit in the melding of everyday ephemera into backstreet symphony. It's
soundwalk man Aaron Ximm, giving a glimpse of the possible music of environments in a clangorous
meander through Varanasi’s old city near the Ganges river; his “Chai in the City of Light”, though on the
surface bereft of conventional musical sonorities, somehow through compositional sleight of hand
approximates the sound of music. Finally, we come near full circle with Nomad Palace's “Northern”, a
piece borne of a lakeside family cottage location, proffering a stretch of the elemental that segues into
a sad-happy sliver of 12k-style organic electronica.
Imbued with the wistfulness of personal archaeology, it serves to shepherd the Favourite Places project
mission, as articulated by Audiobulb leading light, David Newman - to "inspire the audience to become
increasingly active listeners whilst experiencing their own favourite places” - to a satisfyingly emotionally
resonant closure. Enhancing this aural assemblage is a fold-out poster giving written and visual
coordinates for each place documented. A further dinky design detail is that each individual CD features a
unique location dot matrix representing the ten tracks - hand-made designs that bring a unique design
aesthetic into play with the art of noise, sound and vision of the assembled sonicians in what is ultimately
a satisfying multimodal experience of travelling without moving.
Review by Alan Lockett
More of a conceived project than a standard album, ‘Favourite Places' is a collection of recordings from,
surprisingly enough, artists' favourite places. All the tracks begin with extended samples from the chosen
locations which are then gently mixed in to a musical composition designed to encapsulate said place.
Unsurprisingly, this comes across as rather abstract, but some of them are also strangely satisfying - almost
hypnotic - to listen to, such as the crunchy footsteps around the Shimogama Shrine in Kyoto, which then
melt into ghostly minimal folk.
The album certainly isn't the easiest of listens, and it does veer into self indulgence at times, but there are
definitely some interesting moments, especially the dreamy soundtrack of Biosphere's ‘Tanoy Lighthouse'
and the brief skittish electronica of Build and the excellent Leafcutter John, representing Robert Moses
Causeway and a recording studio, respectively. Overall then, an intriguing collection from Audiobulb,
who seem to be consistently putting out noteworthy releases.
Audiobulb's credentials have recently been bolstered by the release of the label's curator, David Newman's
“Autistici” incarnation on 12k. Never at a loss for instigating highly creative and evolving/involving projects,
Newman has brought us a label worthy of further attention.
Favourite Places is essentially an audio diary, examining the audible and conceptual possibilities yielded by
each invited artist's sense of place in their world, inviting them to document and interpret their favourite
places in sound, utilising field recordings, and instrumentation. In essence, this is the audible equivalent of
a Mark Boyle/Boyle Family art installation, isolating and freezing a specific place at a particular moment in
time, fine slivers of reality that can further be preserved, observed and analysed.
The approaches are many and varied, and loathe though I am to review compilations these days, Favourite
Places is an exception to the rule. Leafcutter John, Taylor Deupree, and Biosphere all take their place here,
being regular, and well documented contributors to compilations elsewhere, alongside other accomplished
artists such as Stasisfield's John Kannenberg, Dot Tape Dot, Claudia, Aaaron Ximm, Build, and Nomad
There are some interesting and creative solutions here, and Dot Tape Dot take an idiosyncratic recording of
the process of washing and bathing, an intensely personal document of domestic activity, that once isolated,
and combined with glockenspiel becomes musical, and somehow shamanic. Kannenberg's field recording
of the Great Hall at the British Museum in London places us firmly amongst bustling, yet muted crowds of
people and human activity, this then opening out into an expansive, resonating keyboard sequence, that
reverberates, and builds, introducing tonal blips and textural shifts, it is quite astounding. Build primarily
concentrate their compositional focus on the musical elements of the Robert Moses Causeway that
traverses a straight line to the Atlantic Ocean, their piece is a bubbling, effusive, almost techno rendering
of their environment. RF, naturally attracted my attention with a minimal interpretation of the Shimogamo
Shrine in Kyoto with the sound of each artists' footsteps on the gravel, overlaid with delicate guitar, and
All in all, a highly absorbing, and deeply personal set of recordings that would slide neatly between Chris
Watson, and the works of R.Murray Schaeffer. Favourite Places encompasses all that is great in
compositional field recording..documenting soundmarks, and combining the subjective and highly
idiosyncratic, with urban and domestic soundscapes, this is a unique and memorable collection.
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David Newman, of exploratory electronica label Audiobulb, recently put out a call for submissions for a
project bringing together field recordings, compositional interpretation and digital images. The idea was for
artists to create a “dynamic audio diary”, focusing on a favourite place of their choice. Each artist who made
it onto the CD – Leafcutter John, Taylor Deupree and Biosphere among them – immerses the listener in found
sound from their favourite place, before re-interpreting this tangible audio into more abstract and intimate
The varying approaches make for a genuinely transporting listen. Dot Tape Dot’s favourite place is their
bathroom. As expected, the noise of “My Bathroom” is ‘wet’, with the Spanish group soaking the listener in a
warm slosh of noise before featherlight glockenspiels enrich the sonic bath. A world away, a flock of birds
call close to the mic on Biosphere’s “Tranoy Lighthouse” heralding a lonely wash of sound which floats on the
rising tide. Meanwhile, in Japan, RF treats us to an emotional walk to Kyoto’s Shimogamo Shrine: augmented
steps on a gravel path provide the “beats” before a melancholy guitar plucks out a beautiful melody alongside
Midori Hirano’s gentle vocals.
Favourite Places brings alive personal memories via geography and sound, the local made global; despite its
geographic reach, it is a surprisingly intimate record as a result.
Susanna Glaser | THE WIRE 291 May 2008
A lot of good quality from the "various artists" sector in recent times, given that I'm certainly not a fan of such
a kind of release. The concept behind this is easily defined: each artist had to use a recording of his/her
favourite location (according to "their subjective perspective of the place") in a specific composition destined to
this project. As variegated as it is, the album presents an evident subdivision in a home/far from home distinction.
True, there are those who get inspired by their own house - be it because of its proximity to a forest, or due to
just anything that an apartment has been meaning for long periods - or who fondly remember the venue where
they got "first experiences" (baby steps, meditation, first-time love). The second group privileges memories and
direct testimonies of trips or socio-geographic investigations, such as finding themselves amidst a mass of
pilgrims near a sacred river or getting attacked by aggressive birds while trying to look at an island from the coast.
Even the resonating voices and muffled noises in a museum can do it. To the extreme, there's someone who
decided that a bathroom is the best spot, and relaxing in hot water the preferred means of concentration. I gave
you a few clues about what you're going to find in this nice disc, now what's missing is only the participant list:
Taylor Deupree, Dot Tape Dot, Claudia, Biosphere, John Kannenberg, RF, Aaron Ximm, Build, Leafcutter John,
Nomad Palace. Each one gives us something intriguing enough to listen carefully in this well-conceived edition.
Parafrasando McLuhan si potrebbe dire che il luogo è il messaggio. Luoghi familiari dove si è o ci si sente a
casa, luoghi ignoti dove si è estranei del tutto o dove, magari, ci si estrania da tutto, ancora luoghi di transito
e di attraversamentoŠ Le due compilation qui segnalate hanno a che vedere, in maniera più o meno differente,
proprio con questi argomenti.
Nel caso di "Favourite, Places" sono chiamati a raccolta dieci sound artists internazionali, ognuno dei quali
propone registrazioni effettuate in luoghi di particolare importanza per l'autore stesso, che si tratti del bagno
di casa, del proprio studio di incisione o una gelida e sperduta terrazza sul mare con vista sulle isole Lofoten.
Inoltre ciascun contributo viene completato da note, fotografie, riferimenti, descrizioni e coordinate precise
(latitudine, longitudine etc.) di ciascun sito. E, a parte qualche intervento poco o tanto posticcio (le bacchettate
per il peggiore spettano al solito Claudia), i risultati sono di ottima fattura, dall'infallibile Deupree, che con
grande semplicità e fascino reperta il brusio degli insetti in una notte estiva nel cortile della sua residenza
nei boschi di Pound Ridge, a Biosphere e RF, che rispettivamente arricchiscono di delicate melodie acustiche le
field recordings di uno stormo di rondini marine catturate in prossimità della terrazza di cui sopra e gli scalpiccii
di religiose passeggiate zen nel grande parco dello Shimogamo Shrine alle porte di Kyoto, alla poetica
documentazione sul campo ad opera di Aaron Ximm di uno scorcio dell'agglomerato urbano di Varanasi,
la città della luce sulle sponde del Gange, sacra a Shiva e meta di continui pellegrinaggi induisti. (8)
"Did you ever stop to notice all the blood we've shed before…did you ever stop to notice the crying Earth
the weeping shores…AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!” As ever, that tumbly-faced monster Michael Jackson
was right. What a right old state this old world is in. I pick up the paper, and what do I see? Death. I turn
on the news, and what do I see? Death. I step outside my door and start aimlessly stabbing passers-by,
and what do I see? Yup, death, and lots of it. Is there anywhere on this planet untouched by the reaper's
sickening sickel swinging? Is there anywhere nice outside the confines of my head?
I'm guessing that this is pretty much how Audiobulb pitched this project to the musicians involved.Although
without all the stuff about death. We're left with this lovely compilation in which ten artists tell us all about
their favourite places, using mixtures of field recordings and music. Their pitch was strong enough to get
some big names too - Taylor Deupree watches the sun rise with New York state wildlife, while Biosphere
thankfully opts not to drag himself back up to the Himalayas, settling instead for viewing terns noisily
circling a Norwegian lighthouse. Some of my favourite tracks are by those I'm less aware of - RF's
meander around Shimogamo Shrine accompanied by the heart-melting vocals of Midori Hirano (” A Place
For Saving “; we could all use some of that), and Build's cinematic drive to a menacing-sounding ocean.
I find it interesting is how many of these tracks are recorded in or near the artist's home - Deupree's
back garden, Dot Tape Dot's bathroom, Claudia's apartment, Leafcutter John's studio, Nomad Palace's
childhood holiday cottage. Maybe that is what is responsible for lending the album a gorgeous, safe,
comforting feel, like a warm blanket and a mug of cocoa. Maybe I was right earlier - time to batten down
the hatches and hide away; just me, my duvet and my Michael Jackson records. Far away from any
Available any day now from Audiobulb.
THE MILK FACTORY
A foray into the psychological swamp of todays practitioners of experimental electronica, the simple
though direct and ultimately telling quality of the question that underlies this compilation shines through the
ensuing compositions like light through a stained glass window. “What is your favorite place in the world?”
the label asks and Aaron Ximm, Taylor Deupree, Biosphere, and Leafcutter John, amongst others, are
those who give voice to their private sentiments on the matter.
Apart from the aural evidence provided, each artist scrawls a brief gambit concerning their selection, where
the sounds are protruding from and why it seems pertinent. It is pulled off with poise and a certain sense of
importance, and this makes it something in which investments can be made, won, and lost, rather than
something that asks for little and is content to be thumbed through casually. In his piece 6am, Deupree records
the calming burr of insects as they awaken from their mildewy bed just steps outside his home. These noises
are then spliced with clean drones and hushed tones lulling time away in a state of suspension. Many others
seem equally enamored with the place they call home, with its inherent spatial and acoustic potential, though
the recording shows some variety, with others opting for public spaces - such as museums - or memorable
vacation spots. RF, accompanied by Midori Hirano, is one of the latter, and their piece provides one of the
more song-based moments harbored by the document. The piece is paved with field recordings of the two
sauntering through the Shimogamo Shrine, a forested place near the centre of Kyoto, but it reverberates with
a soft guitar melody and Hirano’s delicate, rather beautiful voice.
In such circumstances a purely sentimental response would be all too easy, and while the nature of the
question doesn’t go without taking its victims, over the course of the album, many portray something personal
while still managing it with technique and proficiency.
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