Label: Shame File Music
大推薦。オーストラリア実験音楽の拠点Shame File Musicが制作している主要作家のアーカイヴCD-R。70年代よりユニークな自作楽器を使い音活動を続けているサウンドアーティストErnie Althoff。本作は唯一の完全フィールドコレーディング作[Moggs Creek Picnic Ground]。野鳥の声とその周辺で風に吹かる木々の音に焦点を当てた、編集/オーバーダブは一切なしの徹底したサウンドスケープ。この人のセンスがモロに体験出来る一枚。
Showcasing for the first time Althoff's field recording work, this single-take, unedited 70 minute recording (divided into 70x 1 minute tracks) was made by Althoff in 2004 at the titular picnic ground in the Otway Ranges, Western Victoria. It captures near-magical interactions between a plethora of birdlife against a backdrop of windblown eucalyptus trees. Althoff describes the session痴 highlight in the liner notes:
... a magpie making repeated short and plaintive calls from various points in the bush as it approaches the picnic ground. Small variations occur in the call's structure as well. In the 50th minute the magpie flies into the clearing with strongly audible wingbeats. It calls plaintively some more. Then it flies to a tree in front of the microphones and warbles beautifully before returning to its previous short calls. Finally the magpie departs, flying strongly to the left to exit.
Moggs Creek is sublime listening as either ambient soundscape or for those interested in native bird song.