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A compilation between two electro-acoustic giants, if such a thing could possibly exist: on 'Indian Soundies', Moniek Darge, a composer and musician interested in field recordings as much as she is the standard instruments she plays (such as violin), meets Graham Lambkin, an avant-garde musician who will record the sounds heard from a car's backseat if he can. This collection aims to give a sense of place through found sounds and field recordings, by remembering a visit by Darge to India. 'Indian Soundies' is for those interested in field recordings at their least manipulated and most pure.


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Indian Soundies by Moniek Darge & Graham Lambkin
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7/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 29 August 2014

In case it wasn't apparent from the title, this new CD from Moniek Darge and Graham Lambkin contains a lengthy selection of soundies recorded in India, woven into four lengthy tapestries. To start with there's two from Darge, then a collaborative piece 'Indian Weather Trap' and then one from Lambkin on his own.

The concept is pretty simple, travelogue-esque soundscapes that drift between various sounds, water, traffic, birdsong, cars whooshing past, beeping horns and alarms, footsteps, and passages of exotic street music poking through the evocative, detailed patchwork of textures. The first three pieces are pretty indistinguishable - I don't think I'd know when the tracks were starting and finishing if I couldn't see the tracks changing on my CD player - but nonetheless immersive and relaxing.

Lambkin's 'Therianthropy' which closes is patched together from sound material gathered online rather than recorded at source and has a more disjointed and harsh feel, with some squeaky reedy drones perched jarringly atop the more subtle textures for the first half in a way that obscures and (for this reviewer at least) quite quickly irritates. I did enjoy the first three tracks though, and if you're into this kind of field-recorded soundscapery then there's lots of soundies on here.


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