Dunn here offers the richest audio exploration of the blend of the human and natural worlds yet put to CD. Finely recorded segments of the multi-species gatherings around waterholes, including insects, beetles, lions and elephants, create a matrix within which the songs and stories of the local bipedal hairless apes are given their true context. Throughout the disc, Dunn explores the patterns of the sacred that remain interwoven in the songs emanting from the water’s edge, children at school, and an Apostolic Church.
Dunn’s choices of sounds are consistently engaging on several levels, and perceptive in their details. During a night sounds segment, his notes direct our attention to the tell-tale bubbling from a pump, now essential to wildlife survival in shrunken ranges; another cut is recorded on the fringe of a village in the evening, at the interface of the sounds of the wild and the human, and is the length of the average time between passage of vehicles on the nearby road. This is nature sound recording at its best, rightfully incorporating humans, and consistently evoking the Great Conversation within which each species finds its voice.
David Dunn's liner notes for this album are available here; especially valuable for customers who purchase the MP3 version of the album.
AUDIO SAMPLES >
Dawn Chorus including Besa Children
Kalanga People Apostolic Church
Masuma Pan Night to Morning
Ngweshla Pan Morning with Enoch Stoole Rain God Story
Night Sounds Near Besa Village