Blending field recordings of temples, rain, bells, cicadas, radios, and other regional sounds from Khmer & Siam with native music to create a rich audioscape of those exotic lands, both mysterious and liltingly melodic on a beautiful journey in sound.
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Catalog ID: SAAMLENG01
Squidco Product Code: 20208
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded in Thailland and Cambodia on 2013 by Tomek Mirt.
Tomek Mirt-field recordings
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1. Khmer & Siam Recordings 45:12
Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
Cultural Musics from Around the World
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"Tomek Mirt is a busy man. He plays music as Mirt (see Vital Weekly 911 and 839), is a graphic designer and has a label called CatSun. Perhaps he also has a label called Saamleng? A new enterprise for the restless and the wicked? As the title of this release indicates we are dealing here with recordings from the Far East, Cambodja and Siam, and unlike other work by Mirt, which is all about music made with instruments, this new release is all purely based on field recordings. There is one piece on the disc itself, but the lists ten different fragments, and they are named as to what we hear: 'rain, bells and cicadas', 'cicadas and frogs 1' and such like.
Obviously we are no strangers here at Vital Weekly with such releases of pure and untreated field recordings. At one point, obviously, I lost my way in this exotic trip, so I was scratching my head at one point and thinking, wow, what a great synth noise. Oh, hold on, this isn't synth noise; it must be 'nest of insects' or 'cicadas and birds', since 'Khmer radio' seemed close behind that. Maybe a travel guide in the form of isolated pieces (without pauses on the CD) would be a better idea, but throughout I thought this was a really fine work. The recordings are excellent and Mirt has made an excellent collage/travelogue out of them. An exciting trip indeed and it makes a cold day in The Netherlands feel a bit nicer, warmer."-Frans dd Waard, Vital Weekly
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