Promeneurs écoutant
Promeneurs écoutant
Prises de sons et art sonore en lien avec la nature et l'environnement

Review by Frans de Waard

publié le 12 Janvier 2014

MARC & OLIVER NAMBLARD - CEVENNES (2CD by Editions Kalerne) 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)

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