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MP3 Michael Prime - Borneo

Bioelectrical recordings of carnivorous plants, field recordings, and the ultrasonic sounds of bats and insects are woven together in compositions that reveal the hidden, microscopic soundworld of Borneo.

11 MP3 Songs in this album (120:20) !
Related styles: Avant Garde: Electro-Acoustic, Avant Garde: Microsound, Type: Sonic

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“In February 2005 I visited the state of Sabah, north Borneo, with the object of recording bioelectrical signals from some of the unique flora and fauna there. I was particularly interested in tracking down specimens of the parasitic Rafflesia plant, whose enormous flowers are the only part it shows above ground, as well as the carnivorous Nepenthes species that grow on Mt. Kinabalu. The bioelectrical sounds I recorded in the field are used in raw, manipulated and intermodulated form in the compositions here, but always retaining their natural rhythms. All plants produce a weak electrical current which fluctuates constantly, reflecting their life processes and the influence of their environment. I also made field recordings in a variety of locations, ranging from city centre to undisturbed rainforest, and in all of the locations where I made bioelectrical recordings.

Unless mentioned otherwise, all acoustic recordings were made on the move, using a pair of binaural microphones. As well as making bioelectrical recordings of plants, and ultrasonic recordings of bats and insects, I also set up small installations in the forest, using portable amplification. I then made live recordings of the installations, "stalking" them with the binaural microphones.

Two ultrasonic transducers with heterodyne frequency conversion were used to record the ultrasonic sounds of the bats and insects. The listener can follow the movements of the bats in real time as they locate insects and zoom in, speeding up their echolocation sounds to obtain better resolution in the ‘sound picture’ they are receiving of their prey.”

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