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Cusack, Peter

Sounds From Dangerous Places (2 CD's + 90 Page Hardback Book)

Cusack, Peter: Sounds From Dangerous Places   (2 CD's + 90 Page Hardback Book) (ReR)

Two CDs and a 90 page hardback book with photos, info and interviews from audio documenter and experimenter Peter Cusak, recording in Chernobyl, The Caspian Oilfields, and various dangerous locations in the UK.
 

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Each CD includes a pdf file of color images.

UPC: 752725029926

Label: ReR
Catalog ID: RERPC3
Squidco Product Code: 16349

Format: Book + 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Book with 2 CDs

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"Two remarkable and important CDs of very diverse site recordings, made in Chernobyl - (occupying the whole of CD1), the Caspian Oilfields around Baku (Azerbaijan), and in various UK sites, including Lakenheath, Dungeness, Sellafield, Snowdonia &c. (CD2). The CDs are accompanied by a beautifully made 90 page hardback book filled with a huge number of original colour photographs, background information, interviews and detailed documentation of the recordings, their collection, the history of the environments recorded and the curious and inadvertent inverse relation between human hazard and broader environmental recovery. This is an essential and unusual document."-Recommended Records


Each CD includes a pdf file of color images.

Artist Biographies

"Peter Cusack is a field recordist, musician and researcher with a long interest in the sound environment. Projects include community arts, researches into sound and our sense of place and documentary recordings in areas of special sonic interest (Lake Baikal, Siberia). His project Sounds From Dangerous Places explores soundscapes at sites of major environmental damage - Chernobyl exclusion zone; Caspian oil fields; UK nuclear sites. This project continues and is currently researching the regeneration of the North Aral Sea, Kazakhstan. He describes the use of sound to investigate documentary issues as sonic journalism.

He initiated the Favourite Sound Project in London 1998. It aims to discover what people find positiv

"Peter Cusack is a field recordist, musician and researcher with a long interest in the sound environment. Projects include community arts, researches into sound and our sense of place and documentary recordings in areas of special sonic interest (Lake Baikal, Siberia). His project Sounds From Dangerous Places explores soundscapes at sites of major environmental damage - Chernobyl exclusion zone; Caspian oil fields; UK nuclear sites. This project continues and is currently researching the regeneration of the North Aral Sea, Kazakhstan. He describes the use of sound to investigate documentary issues as sonic journalism.

He initiated the Favourite Sound Project in London 1998. It aims to discover what people find positive about their everyday sound environment and has since been carried out in Beijing, Berlin, Manchester, Southend-on-Sea, Prague, Birmingham and Taranto. He co-produced the environmental sound program Vermilion Sounds for ResonanceFM, London and was a research fellow on the multidisciplinary 'Positive Soundscapes Project' 2006/9.

During 2011/12 he was a DAAD artist in residence in Berlin, where he worked on the collaborative project Berlin Sonic Spaces that explored the relationship between soundscape and city development.

He has had a long-term interest in improvised music, usually on guitar. CDs include Where is the Green Parrot? (ReR PC1); Your Favourite London Sounds (Resonance); A Host of Golden Daffodils (Platelunch) with Nic Collins; Operet (Rere121) with Viv Corringham; Day For Night (Paradigm) with Max Eastley; Baikal Ice (ReR PC2); Favourite Beijing Sounds (KwanYin 022); Sound from Dangerous Places (ReR PC3&4); Favourite Berlin Sounds (ReR PC5)."

e about their everyday sound environment and has since been carried out in Beijing, Berlin, Manchester, Southend-on-Sea, Prague, Birmingham and Taranto. He co-produced the environmental sound program Vermilion Sounds for ResonanceFM, London and was a research fellow on the multidisciplinary 'Positive Soundscapes Project' 2006/9.

During 2011/12 he was a DAAD artist in residence in Berlin, where he worked on the collaborative project Berlin Sonic Spaces that explored the relationship between soundscape and city development.

He has had a long-term interest in improvised music, usually on guitar. CDs include Where is the Green Parrot? (ReR PC1); Your Favourite London Sounds (Resonance); A Host of Golden Daffodils (Platelunch) with Nic Collins; Operet (Rere121) with Viv Corringham; Day For Night (Paradigm) with Max Eastley; Baikal Ice (ReR PC2); Favourite Beijing Sounds (KwanYin 022); Sound from Dangerous Places (ReR PC3&4); Favourite Berlin Sounds (ReR PC5)."

-UAL: Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (https://crisap.org/people/peter-cusack/)
6/19/2024

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Track Listing:



CD 1: Chernobyl; ghost towns, radiometers, wildlife, people, song

1. Radiometer 'hot spot', Kopachi 3:33

2. Ferris Wheel, Pripyat 2:50

3. Power cable crackle 2:04

4. Pripyat wind and chiffchaff 1:49

5. Kindergarten footsteps, Pripyat 1:05

6. Cuckoo and radiometer, Pripyat 1:48

7. Walking on glass bottles, Kindergarten, Pripyat 0:25

8. 'Where should I look for you people?', Tsalko Svetlana 1:05

9. Music room, Kindergarten, Pripyat 1:09

10. Walking on boots 1 / radiometer, Kindergarten, Pripyat 1:23

11. Walking on books 2, Kindergarten, Pripyat 1:30

12. Hissy machine - Laundry, Pripyat 2:09

13. Bar, Friday night, Chernobyl town 1:22

14. Chernobyl nightingales, Chernobyl town 4:22

15. Dawn chorus, Chernobyl town 4:45

16. Woodfire, hens, early morning, Chernobyl town 1:48

17. Horse and cart greeting, Lubianka village 1:11

18. Turkey, Lubianka village 1:07

19. Chernobyl evacuee's lament, Stovpyagi village 3:44

20. 'Oh My Beloved Village', Stovpyagi village 3:12

21. Sarcophagus work 3:47

22. Power cable crackle 2 1:33

23. Summer grasshoppers, summer wind, Duminskoye village 1:21

24. 'Three Cossacks', Duminskoye village 2:03

25. 'How Can My Sweetheart Reject Me', Duminskoye village 1:31

26. Wild boar 2:27

27. White stork chicks screeching in the nest, Lychmany village 0:28

28. White stork chicks, bill tapping, a distant song 1:02

29. 'Copper Tubes' Lychmany village 1:25

30. 'When You Are a Widow', Lychmany village 1:28

31. Golden Oriole beside radioactive trucks/helicopters 2:59

32. 'Quiet Conversation', Tsalko Svetlana 1:04

33. Radiometer squeky hinge, Opachichi village 1:06

34. Squeaky hinge, Opachichi village 1:30

35. 'Black Wing' Tsalko Svetlana 0:28

36. 'Ukraine's Politicians', Tsalko Svetlana 0:40

37. Chernobyl frogs 7:05

CD 2: Caspian Oil and UK sites: nuclear, military, greenhouse gases

1. Oilfield atmosphere 2:00

2. Oil work tune 1 0:40

3. Oil work tune 2 0:38

4. Oilfield soundwalk 1 7:09

5. Oil work tune 3 0:53

6. Caspian Sea wash 1:39

7. Drilling 2:07

8. Nodding donkey extreme close-up 1:16

9. Oilfield soundwalk 2 8:03

10. Accordion, kids and a dog 1:47

11. Nard from the window 0:59

12. Narrow street atmosphere 1:02

13. Reluctant piano 1:33

14. Call to prayer/building work 5:50

15. Plane deer 5:58

16. Snowdonia Sheep 0:54

17. River flow, Aled Isaf Reservoir 1:05

18. Dragonfly wings 1:09

19. Kids on holiday 2:25

20. Radiometer sheep 1 2:42

21. 'Certainly by September 1986' 1:58

22. Radiometer sheep 2 3:04

23. Official secrets 1:08

24. Snowdonia woodland, Aled Isaf Reservoir 1:26

25. Bell Practice, Easyjet, SUV 2:42

26. Picturesque Thaxted 1:44

27. Walking on landfill 0:45

28. Methane flow 7 0:26

29. Methane flow 1 0:16

30. Methane flow 31 0:16

31. Methane flow 10 0:25

32. Landfill atmosphere, distant 1:41

33. Glistening mud surface 1:22

34. Sea slosh in mud channels 1:21

35. Swallow trapped in ancient church 1:52

36. Bradwell beach 1:13

37. Bradwell nuclear power station 1:28

38. Dungenees nuclear power station 1:30

39. Sellafield winter atmosphere 2:15

Book: essays, translations, full track information, 100 color images

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