Tod Dockstader / David Lee Myers – "Pond"
Peter Cusack - "Baikal Ice (Spring 2003)"
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The beauty of field recordings is that they are what they are: sounds of nature, sounds that surround us, and finally, sounds that we wouldn't necessarily hear on an everyday basis. These two CDs capture the long lost art of listening to nature.

Tod Dockstader and David Lee Myers (formerly known as Arcane Device) went out into the field and recorded the sounds of the pond. These are dark sounds of frogs, water, and mostly sounds of the night. "Pond" is a very dark, very morose recording that relies on heavy sound manipulation, audio editing, splicing and enhancement. These two audio artists know what they're doing when they tread the path to the pond. The listener is entirely absorbed by these eerie sounds. Myers is well known for his expert audio recording techniques ("feedback music" where he explored facets of electronic music is one example). "Pond" is music to be listened to on headphones and especially late at night. Lush, disturbing, surprising and extremely haunting. This is dark ambience of nature that will keep you frightened late into the night.

In the spring of 2003, Peter Cusack went on a journey deep into the Russian tundra, to the Baikal Lake. His aim was to document the melting of the snow on the world's deepest and oldest fresh water lake. The melting of the ice on "Baikal Ice (Spring 2003)" is quite spectacular. The sounds of this transformation resemble some micro-tonal experiment in a studio. Imagine the slow trickling of rain on a steel porch and you will begin to get a glimpse of the melting ice. Small ripples and trickling of water underneath the ice make for very soothing listening experience. Along with the melting ice, this field recording also gives us a glimpse into the life around the shores of the Baikal Lake. We have a recording of a girl singing on a train, sounds of some gulls around the lake, Peter flagging down a train (these trains travel awfully slowly in the tundra, which is why it's possible to flag one down). All of these sounds make up a whole of a thrilling journey. "Baikal Ice" is an audio document of a cold, desolate place not many of us will be lucky enough to travel to.

Tom Sekowski


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