October 05, 2004

Brokenhearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica From South East Asia

There will no doubt be much better records that come out this year – records that rock your world; that restore your flagging faith in the life-affirming power of music; and so on… But nothing will slap your preconceptions about “music” in the face quite like this new release from Sublime Frequencies….
If you were to listen to it without being told anything about its creators, you might think that it was the latest work by some European or Japanese drone-n-sine-tone electronica artist… Or you might pick that its sourced from field recordings, but conclude that its been heavily processed, sequenced and composed… But its none of these…
Supposedly, it’s a series of unprocessed field recordings of swarming insects recorded by Tucker Martine in Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. The title of the album refers to a Burmese folk-story which claims that these are the sounds of the hearts of post-coital male dragonflies bursting from their chests… Something which seems entirely plausible when you hear the "orchestrated" insect shriek crescendos in this excerpt from Morning Fanfare...
If want more, you can purchase the album from the Sublime Frequencies website.

Posted by Warren at October 5, 2004 11:50 PM | Field Recordings