Why shop with us? 0113 245 4399

Sound artist Pali Meursault has developed a unique method of composition. He makes field recordings of animals, then sets them in dialog with a series of fluorescent light tubes that he has ‘sonified’. This is done in keeping with an overarching aesthetic principle of ‘deconstructing binary oppositions between nature and machine, bio- and anthropo-phony’. Groovy. It’s a cool sound, too. Stridulations is out via Discrepant (Pierre Bastien, Meridian Brothers).

Vinyl LP £15.99 CREP56

LP on Discrepant.

  • Shipping cost: £3.35 ?
This item needs to be ordered in from a supplier. Usually ships in 7 days but delays are possible.


Stridulations by Pali Mersault
1 review. Write a review for us »
8/10 Robin 08 May 2018

Rich in concept and context, ‘Stridulations’ is the kind of record that will make precisely zero sense to anyone who hasn’t read up on it, but speaks with absolute clarity to those that have. Recorded, structured and realised by sound artist Pali Meursault, this electroacoustic venture sees him sourcing conversations and communications made between animals in rural areas of France, Japan and a spread of South America. It is an immense listening exercise, especially to those hearing it through headphones: the concentration of buzzes, chirps and species-specific noises is levelled against the ‘sonification’ of fluorescent tubes which he set up for the animals to converse with.

Noisy, blustery and deeply unsettling, the record’s dynamics rely on each possible reaction to the situation, the level and business of the noises intensifying and scarpering haphazardly. The process, described as ‘blind’ listening, frees the listener of expectations. These experiments give listeners a chance to re-evaluate the autonomy, intention and activity of animals, seeing the sounds they make as both musical landscapes and purpose-oriented dialogue. This is sound science; don't ask me to help you understand it, but it's fascinating.



What the artist or label has to say for themselves. Read more.


Your email address will not be abused or shared.