2 | Favourite Places | Various
 Cat: AB026 
 Time: November 09
 Media: CD & Digital Download

 Info: 2 | Favourite Places brings together field and 
 composed recordings, providing a unique insight into 
 places of importance and significance within the lives 
 of contemporary artists from around the world.

 MP3 Previews:
 + Behind The Concrete Factory - J. Bible [MP3 Preview]
+ Partridge Green - Calika [MP3 Preview]
+ Town, The - Sawako [MP3 Preview] + Woodbine Entwist - He Can Jog [MP3 Preview] Press Release: Download Creative direction: www.stereographic.co.uk
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 Artist: Lawrence English
 Place: Enoggera Reservoir
 Track: Quiet Planigale
 Location: 27º26'24”S, 152º55'16”E

 Artist: Yannick Franck
 Place: Beaurieux, Heure-le-Romain, Belgium
 Track: Beaurieux
 Location: 50º43'22''N, 5º38'42''W

 Artist: Michael Santos
 Place: Parkland Walk, London
 Track: Perfect Pitch
 Location: 51º34'29"N, 0º07'47"W

 Artist: Icarus
 Place: South Downs
 Track: South of London Drift
 Location: 50º53'58”N, 0º5'39”W

 Artist: Sawako
 Place: Sangenjaya, Tokyo, Japan
 Track: Town, The
 Location: 35°38'44"N, 139°40'15"W

 Artist: Jeremy Bible
 Place: Behind the Concrete Factory, Canton, Ohio, USA
 Track: Behind the Concrete Factory
 Location: 40°54'22"N, 81°19'14"W

 Artist: Autistici
 Place: The Peak District, Near Surprise View
 Track: Winter Heather, Frozen Breath
 Location: 53°19'13"N, 1°37'17"W

 Artist: Calika
 Place: Partridge Green, Mini Ramp
 Track: Partridge Green
 Location: 50°57'38"N, 0°17'54"W

 Artist: Michael Trommer
 Place: Toronto's Underground Pedestrian Network
 Track: TD Path 6
 Location: 43°38'47”N, 79°22'58”W

 Artist: He Can Jog
 Place: My Bed, Brooklyn, New York
 Track: Woodbine Entwist
 Location: 40º42'58"N, 73º56'29"W 

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REVIEWS | 2 | Favourite Places

 The second volume of Audiobulb’s ‘Favourite Places’ series won’t do much for fans of proper tunes what you can 
 hum. The concept is simple: artists (including Calika, Michael Trommer and Yannick Franck) create a field recording 
 of their favourite place, then base a composition around it. Perhaps understandably this is largely ambient, though 
 there’s room for a skittering beat on Calika’s track. Predictably, with a project like this, it has its longueurs. But 
 there are also moments of heart-soaring beauty, like Jeremy Bible’s ‘Behind The Concrete Factory’, and He Can 
 Jog’s closing glitch-fest, which sounds not unlike a fragmented and digitally reconstructed Thom Yorke. 
 Atmospheric and frequently lovely.


 Ed Salmon

 Get 3 songs: ‘Behind The Concrete Factory’, ‘Partridge Green’, ‘Woodbine Entwist’ 
 Dig deeper: Brian Eno, The Caretaker, Eric Zann 

 The concept is pretty simple: take a number of contemporary musicians with a taste for moods and atmospheres,
 task them with recording sounds from their favourite places in the world and use them in a composition. This is 
 exactly what David Newman, head of Audiobulb, did two years ago, and the result was compiled in the first 
 installment of Favourite Places, with contributions from Biosphere, Taylor Deupree, Claudio, Leafcutter John and
 John Kannenberg amongst others. The second volume in the collection brings together musicians from the UK 
 (Michael Santos, Icarus, Autistici, Calika), Australia (Lawrence English), Belgium (Yannick Franck), Japan 
 (Sawako), USA (Jeremy Bible, He Can Jog) and Canada (Michael Trommer), giving them each a chance to 
 introduce their very own favourite place. The booklet accompanying this CD contains photographs and a 
 description of these spots, providing concrete complements to the recordings.

 The locations selected vary greatly here, ranging from the South Downs between London and Brighton (in two
 instances), a derelict concrete factory in Ohio, a forest near Brisbane, to a suburban Belgian town, a public 
 walkway in North London, a bedroom in Brooklyn, or the Peak District National Park near Sheffield, yet, perhaps
 due to the very nature of the project and of the artists involved, there are great sonic consistency throughout 
 the record. Apart for He Can Jog’s Erik Schoster who uses his bed as his source location, the other nine artists 
 use outdoors settings as the starting point for their respective contributions, feeding sounds ranging from wind 
 sweeping though landscapes or birdsongs to running water, rain or distant traffic noises into densely 
 atmospheric collages where music often occurs as an impressionist counterpoint.

 This especially the case on Lawrence English’s opening Quiet Planigale, which originally seems to catalogue all 
 sorts of birdsongs but eventually gives way to a sombre drone over which lighter fragments of hazy melody take 
 shape, or on Michael Santos’s Perfect Pitch, where field recordings, collected along Parkland Walk, between 
 Finsbury Park and Highgate, occupy solely the first segment of the track, before outstretched chimes come in, 
 arranged as to evoke light playing through branches and leaves. Autistici’s Winter Heather, Frozen Breath works
 on a similar concept, David Newman originally focusing on a walk through the vast spaces of the Peak District 
 National Park before bringing in gently shimmering sounds to convey an element of the wide open space serving 
 as inspiration for the track. It is also the format adopted by Michael Trommer on his portrayal of Toronto’s 
 underground pedestrian network for TD Path 6. To complement the urban setting of the opening two and a half 
 minute, Trommer distils a haunting and dense series of soundscapes in the remaining section of the track, 
 crystallising the transient aspect of the paths network and its anonymity in a surprisingly vivid way. 

 Icarus take the concept into a different direction by intricately linking the sounds recorded on the South Downs 
 (football commentaries on a portable radio, human voices, insects, car noises) and the music they extract from 
 them, articulating these two phases against each other. This is also partially the case with He Can Jog’s extremely
 clever Woodbine Entwist, although producing a radically different result. Here, the bed, and by extension the 
 bedroom, is integrant part of the song, not so much through the sounds used as through the low-fi approach to 
 the colourful electronically-tainted folk that develops from the experiment, a reminder that the music was recorded 
 in his own living space.

 Like its predecessor, this second volume of Favourite Places collects sounds and impressions, and reflects the 
 choices made by the various contributors. Frequently characteristic of their usual work, these tracks are like open 
 windows into the inspiration of musicians, giving an interesting, if often highly unusual and personal, insight into 
 their intimate spaces.

 A compilation featuring artists such as Lawrence English, Autistici, Sawako, Icarus and Calika, this new 
 Audiobulb release invites contributors to present an auditory portrait of specific spaces and places that are in 
 some way important or meaningful to them. Integrating field recordings with composed elements, the assembled 
 artists set about assembling acousmatic landscapes. This is, of course, nothing new at all, but the success rate 
 here is a little higher than usual, with great contributions from Yannick Franck, Michael Santos and Icarus going 
 beyond the more pastoral microsound output we've come to expect from the 12k contingent on here. In other 
 developments, Calika rock the boat with some beats, Jeremy bible glitches his way through the very musical 
 'Behind The Concrete Factory' and He Can Jog offers up a piece of granulated songwriting that shuffles through 
 abstract vocals and skipping chord changes. Recommended.

 Since its original release in 2007, 'Favourite Places' has been one of my ...favourite soundscape albums.

 It presented music inspired by favourite locations of well known artists (like Biosphere, Taylor Deupree) as well 
 as equally beautiful compositions by lesser known (to me) names. 

 The concept is as simple as it is challenging: ask composers to describe their favourite place - in sound. This 
 place must be exactly pinpointed with location details, so it should not be an imaginary place.

 One might expect the result to be a collection of environmental recordings, but luckily, none of the composers 
 takes the easy way. All pieces start with environmental location statements, but then emerge into into subtle 
 electronic sound-art.

 Judging the quality of the sounds/music on volume 2, this concept may grow into a collectable series of modern 
 environmental soundscapes. In fact, I hope a lot more volumes may follow after these two!

 Compared to volume 1, volume 2 feels even more balanced. All of the tracks are very well documented (as in 
 volume 1): exact coördinates of the favourite location, time of recording, weather, and detailed description of the 
 reasons why this location is favourite to the composer. Plus website details for futher artist investigation.

 The releasing label, Audiobulb, has obviously put great dedication and a lot of love and care were into these 
 releases. Just check the accompanying website to explore these favourite places. At the time of writing, this 
 website only seems to cover the locations from volume 1, but I guess (hope) the tracks from volume 2 will be 
 added in the near future.

 The really fascinating thing about these 'favourite places' is that they feel favourite even when 'detached' from 
 their original locations. The music feels like it's describing your own favourite place ...wherever that place may 

 Composers for volume 2 include Lawrence English, Sawako, Jeremy Bible, Autistici (among others) - favourite 
 locations include England, Belgium, New York, Ohio, Tokyo (among others). Hopefully, even more favourite 
 places will be revealed in the future!

 "Favorite, Places", ovvero la memoria dei luoghi, che siano spazi aperti o camere da letto. Così come nel caso del 
 primo volume (BU #119), ecco a convegno dieci sound artists per raccontare (e raccontarsi) in modalità fono-
 geografica, di preferenza attraverso registrazioni ambientali processate in espanse spirali ambient (di Lawrence 
 English, Sawako e Yannick Franck i contributi migliori), talvolta apertamente contaminate col ritmo (Calika) o 
 mutate in zoppicanti canzoni shakespeareiane (He Can Jog). (6/7) Nicola Catalano.

 The release of the British label Audiobulb Records which is planned for this autumn is the second part of 
 compilation Favourite Places. Its conception is not new but of course it's devilishly attractive for ambient listeners
 - the musicians record the surrounding sound atmosphere with the help of their recorders and then they use this 
 material in musical tracks. As opposed to the compilation Birmingham Sound Matter released earlier on the label (I 
 wrote about it a little bit earlier), here we can speak about music in more traditional context - in some places we 
 can hear melodies, sometimes even rhythm... All the material is well-dosed and perfectly represented - multipaged 
 booklet accompanying the compact-disc, includes the pictures of the places, the sounding of which became the 
 prototype of musical material and also the accompanying text of music's authors. 

 In most cases parks and small villages are chosen as the locations the spirit of which is conducted with the help
 of musical tracks. Actually ambient with the elements of field records in different ways makes us closer to 
 wonderful nature surrounding us. Let's take for example track "Winter Heather, Frozen Breath" by Autistici. He 
 skillfully reproduces the unity with morning natural landscape, breathing of cold fresh air, quiet rustle of steps the 
 sounds of which are being gradually shrouded with modest, airy electronics.

 Among nature sketches Sawako stands out a little bit, it moved the listener to one of Tokyo's suburbs. 
 Distinguishable is also Michael Trommer who produced the records in Toronto, in the underground pedestrian 
 network - recognized as the biggest underground shopping complex in the world. And Eric Shoster, known as He
 Can Jog chose for the last tenth track his flat in New York as the "favourite place", to be more exactly his bed. 
 Somebody's snoring during "Woodbine Entwiat" amused me especially after previous immersings into prostration, 
 disposing it to dreamy and motionless pastime. Developing track gains syncopated but rather definite rhythmical 
 IDM picture and summs up this release where perfect content is put into not less perfect form.

 Last of this trio is a compilation under the curation of David Newman, who conceived the Favourite Places project
 three years ago, bidding contributors submit audio-documents of specific spots that were in some way personally 
 significant. 2 | Favourite Places extends the conceit, with a host of soundsmiths from across the globe – the UK 
 (Michael Santos, Icarus, Autistici, Calika), Australia (Lawrence English), Belgium (Yannick Franck), Japan 
 (Sawako), USA (Jeremy Bible, He Can Jog), and Canada (Michael Trommer) – happy to hitch field findings to 
 musical elements in response to the call to hymn their favoured spots. The usual environmental suspects are all 
 here: wind, birdsong, running water, rain, distant traffic noise, prefacing and imbuing music-infused collages with 
 topographic life.
 Lawrence English’s opening “Quiet Planigale” includes a series of isolated tweets (no Twitter, though) as a 
 preface to a doleful drone to which further minimal incursions add themselves to create a meditative drift work. 
 Nice enough, but Yannick Franck’s “Beaurieux” is a more amalgamated mix, merging musical and non-musical 
 matter (around suburban Belgium) while maintaining their integrality. Michael Santos’s “Perfect Pitch” has field 
 recordings from along Parkland Walk subtly seeping into pitchshifted chimings, his piece being the most evolved
 in terms of its embedded music. 

 All of these are very much in the vein of the pastoral electronica + microsound lite classically represented by the 
 12k camp, whose Sawako and Autistici (David Newman, with a foot in both camps) are also included. The 
 template is, however, versatile and amenable to adaptation. Michael Trommer, for example, presents 
 a more aurally challenging outcome on “TD Path 6,” starting out with sounds from the Toronto underground 
 (pedestrian network), then abstracting them into shifting passages of ambience, articulating feelings of alienated 
 transience and eerie non-place. Those offering other compositional orientations include Audiobulb’s very own 
 Calika, who incorporates some homebrew beatboxing into a typically ludic lo-fi electroacoustic doodle; and Icarus 
 take a less conventionally musical route, manipulating the actual sounds combed from the South Downs (radio 
 effluvia, insects, car noises, et al.) into a piece of sound art. This is also partly, but differently, the approach of He 
 Can Jog on the closing "Woodbine Entwist;” here the location becomes integral to the song, though not so much in 
 the sounds themselves (a portrait of the artist as a young snoring man provides an amusing moment of bathos) as 
 through the fragmented bedroom indietronica that emerges, seeming to represent a hearing for the unheard legion 
 of bedroom-boogiers throughout the ages.

 Following last week's Thomas Koner's mentioning of longitude/lattitude's in the piece, this compilation, the second 
 in a series, does the same. Each of the ten pieces is a favorite place for the composer. They are also mentioned 
 by the place it is, although then its still not easy to know what it is, except of course 'my bed' by He Can Jog. I 
 could of course install google's earth view thingy, but then I rather listen and imagine these places myself. Oh 
 oops. The booklet provides me with pictures and descriptions of each of the places, which is a nice read. If you 
 read these, you might think that this is a CD of purely field recordings, as there are references to recording dates
 /times, but I guess that's when the basic material has been recorded, which was later manipulated. Throughout 
 one can say that these ten composers all belong to the world of microsound, with their minimalist, electronic 
 processing of the original field recordings. Sometimes we hear a bit of rainfall, bird twitter, people talking or 
 snoring in 'my bed'. Not much news under the sun in terms of music, but throughout I must say this is a nice 
 compilation of well made field recordings, microsound and electronics. Including Lawrence English, Yannick 
 Franck, Micheal Santos, Icarus, Sawako, Jeremy Bible, Autistici, Calika and Micheal Trommer. (FdW)
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