Two sets of field recordings, the first from Senegal and Mali in 1999, the second from Istanbul in 2012. Aymeric de Tapol (no idea if that’s a nom de musique or not) used a dictaphone for the African recordings which I’m guessing contributes to an aspect I find quite compelling, that it to say the uneven and occasionally clipped quality of the sound. In one sense, the venture is a kind of archaic survey–you get the sense of traveling around from place to place, capturing something of what you’re experiencing (he concentrates most often on scenes which involve music to some extent), a kind of fractured travelogue. But it works beautifully. Something about the choices made, the sequencing, the roughness and, of course, the inherent beauty of the songs, whether sung intimately or heard from a distorted PA speaker. The music is often embedded within the street sounds, footsteps, conversations and goat bleatings; it’s part of the landscape, not isolated. The Istanbul tapes cover “street musicians, Gypsies wedding and Adnan [muezzin calls]“. The recordings are much clearer, rendering the result more in line with traditional “world music” offerings, though at times one can still here the environment in which the sounds are occurring almost on par with the music, particularly the interior booming sound in the room where the wedding is taking place, and there are plenty of rough cuts between segments. Plus, well, the music is pretty great! It’s a bit strange, veering from listening to the music as such and being conscious of the taping, disorienting in a good way. It ends in the streets.
Excellent work, highly recommended for any number of reasons. Frans de Waard at Vital Weekly
A cassette of field recordings, by Aymeric de Tapol. The a-side us collected en route en Afrique, capturing street musicians, rituals and field recordings in Senegal and Mali. De Tapol used a dictaphone, back in 1999 and for help from Ludovic Grandseigne. On the other side we find ‘street musicians, gypsies wedding and Adhan over Istanbul’, captured in 2012 in Turkey. It’s thirty minutes per side and a truly fascinating audio journey, even when you have never visited any of these countries. Lots of road side, people chanting, people talking and various more obscured actions. A side line business from the 80s cassette world were audio tours and those seem to be lost these days, but this example proofs they are still made. I find it hard to comment on the practices or the music as, quite frankly, I have not much knowledge of the world of Anthropology. I do know I think this is a fine release, a fine documentation of two journeys in audio. (FdW) From Pierre Cécile at Le son du grisli Comme Aki Onda dans ses Cassettes Memories, Aymeric de Tapol se rappelle deux voyages sur cette k7 bleue jaquetée de jaune. En face A, nous suivons (peut-être pas dans l’ordre) les étapes d’un séjour au Sénégal et au Mali fait en 1999 en écoutant des bruits de trafic, des musiciens parader, un enfant siffler… En face B, nous voici à Istanbul (2012 = meilleur enregistrement) au milieu de musiciens des rues ou à la portée des muezzins. Le trip ego-naturaliste révèle donc des intentions musicales… envoûtantes ! (pc)