[microsound-announce] New Release : Field Recordings from Barbados | Michael Peters | Gruenrekorder

Lasse-Marc Riek lasseart at gmx.de
Mon Feb 16 07:49:20 EST 2009

Field Recordings from Barbados | Michael Peters
Recorded April 2004 directly to DAT


1. Whistling Tree Frogs
Recorded in Bathsheba on the wild east coast of Barbados. Every 
nightfall is celebrated by a chorus of a million whistling tree frogs 
(Eleutherodactylus johnstonei), singing over a background of palm trees 
rustling in the wind, and the distant drone of the Atlantic Ocean. These 
tree frogs are tiny - on one night, I crawled around on a field with a 
flashlight, trying to find the frog that I heard whistling directly in 
front of me, but without success. The incessant, almost static, quite 
loud sound tapestry woven from ocean, wind, cicadas, and the pointillist 
tone cluster of the whistling frogs, going on for hours every night, 
conveyed to me a strong sense of timelessness.

2. Giant Bamboo
Very large specimen of these magnificent bamboo trees can be found in 
many places on Barbados. Even on a moderately windy day, such a bamboo 
produces a wide range of sounds, from piano (leaving space for the 
occasional birdsong or frog whistling) to a sudden fortissimo, turning 
the bamboo stems into a clattering, rustling, squeaking percussion 
orchestra. This one was recorded in a magical tropical garden called 
“Flower Forest”. During the recording, I was drinking coffee while 
watching green monkeys having lunch in the top branches of a giant 
breadfruit tree.

2 Tracks (50:44)
CD-R (50 copies)
€ 12.00




Photo whistling frog: Lindsay Rudder
Field Recording Series by Gruenrekorder
Gruenrekorder / Germany / 2009 / Gr 063 / LC 09488

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