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Z’ev + Watson, Chris – “East African Nocturne” – [Atavistic]

Thurston Hunger   4/29/2011   A Library, CD

Another example of natural/unnatural, with the empasis truly on nature.
One long track for one long trek through Africa by Dr. Watson I presume
combined with Z’ev’s trip through a crypt in East London. Sound samples
scrambled as per the ping pong liner notes, Z’ev’s percussion is notably
un-Z’ev-like. No thunder strikes or violent rhythms instead just sweeps,
scrapes and a cavernous hum perhaps? Or is just the aftershocks of a
lions croaky rumbling roar? Birds a plenty and a twitter (if the lion
provides the brass, they are the violins in this organic orchestra).
Some sounds introduced I think are artifacts of man/machine, and not
just the jeep firing up early on, some of the whoosh sounds feel like
mini-airplane strafes, probably coming from the mic itself? Like a lot
of safari’s, more flora than fauna, and plenty of bushy brush work.
Best listened to VERY LOUD for immersion effect, otherwise DJ’s may
find themselves mixing this, or using it for a bed for creative
whispered back-announces. Krikey, that was close! Otherwise a sound
preserve for our dwindling relatives on this planet.

-Thurston Hunger

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