Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

David Vélez - El Pájaro que Escucha [3LEAVES - 2012]


"El Pájaro que Escucha” sits somewhere between natural ambience recording, drone work & enchanting field recording snapshot. David Vélez is a Columbia based sound artist, who specializes in untreated field recordings.

This CDR offers up  just over an hour worth of  untreated field recordings from the Palomino region of Colombia. Palomino  is a topical coastal area in the northeast region of Colombia, & on one side it meets the Caribbean Sea

The first fourteen or so minutes are built around a soothing mixture of tropical bird chatter, cricket chirp haze, and the distant almost omnibus drone of an airplane. Around the 14.30 minute mark we move into the sound of rolling seashore waves, with a slight billow wind backdrop-  apparently the  Palomino area often suffers from floods and the spiral bands of hurricanes. For the next five or so minutes the wave & wind textures seemingly build-up power then peter back again into the distant. By the 22 minute mark we once more returned to a more  active yet soothing jungle back drop with the chip haze of crickets, and the tropical bird chatter, warbling & chirping- and there’s one particular bird here that’s making a wonderful almost chattering laughter like sound, this breaks the natural ambient drift at regular intervals.  Around the 35 minute mark we get a distant coastal billow added over the top of the jungle recordings, which have now become a lot more active with various banks of more aggressive chattering bird song, and things rise to a relatively intense crescendo of sound.

At the 37 minute mark the sea sound strips down, and we seemingly getting closer to the cricket chatter as you can make out more detail of each cricket sounds, along with what sounds like the distant drone of a speed boat, and more spaced-out & calmer bird song. At the 42 minute mark the recordings shift again to a mixture of locked cuckoo like chirping, crackling under foot jungle sound, more manic distant bird chatter & distant cricket drone… I found this part quite eerier, though it  had quite a nocturnally soothing quality to it too.  The remainder of the track sees a few more shifts in field recordings back to a slightly more daytime sounding jungle feel, with more rich maps of bird song & distant cricket drone.

"El Pájaro que Escucha” is a subtly shifting & cleverly detailed  slice of long form field recording work. It’s an album that doesn’t really offer up very dramatic shifts or contrast in sound, but instead it mostly drifts by mostly in  a ambient like manner, yet there are lots of rewarding sound details through-out the piece which make it a captivating  sound journey for those willing to take the time & effort with the piece.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

David Vélez - El Pájaro que Escucha
"El Pájaro que Escucha” sits somewhere between natural ambience recording, drone work & enchanting field recording snapshot. David Vélez is a Columbia ba...
210522   Various Artists - La Gamme d...
200522   The Rita - Bandaged Invisibil...
200522   Cinderella - Cinderella( Blu...
190522   Sdug Bsngal - Πά ...
190522   Connecting Rooms - Connecting...
190522   Alexander von Borsig - Borsi...
190522   Girls Nite Out - Girls Nite O...
180522   Jarl - Phonophobia
170522   Melaine Dalibert - Shimmering
170522   Carnivore - Carnivore
Latest Articles

Schloss Tegal - Back To The Dark...
Existing since the late 1980’s Schloss Tegal is an incredibly important and influential project, within both the dark ambient and industrial scenes. It...
260422   Schloss Tegal - Back To The ...
230322   The Residents - Fifty Years ...
170222   Dave Phillips - The Humanimal...
270122   Glemt - Dark and Deranged Spi...
211221   Best Of 2021 - Music, Sound &...
211221   Koobaatoo Asparagus - Califor...
011221   Anti-Worlds Releasing - Cinem...
261021   Himukalt - Tense & unwell psy...
280921   SRS Cinema - Purveyors of gor...
070921   Tine Surel Lange - A Great E...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom