Ambient Thailand 2005 : Koh Phayam Nature

by jesse paul miller

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The first time I visited the small Island of Koh Phayam, it was cashew season. The smell in the air was a pungent sweet one with an indescribable quality. it was March of 2005; and it was much hotter than usual for that time of year.

What I discovered was a place with more density of wild life than I had ever experienced. During 8 days I had numerous animal encounters.
I was visited by very large porpoise with pink spots on it's back in a Kayak, negotiated with packs of dogs at dawn on the beaches, briefly saw a mysterious knee-high black rodent run into a mangrove, watched fish jump out of the bays and small orange monkeys on the mountainside, lived with giant geckos, slept in an old bungalow which crackled with termites, hiked to a small mountaintop and heard unique bird choruses, the squack of hornbills..and recorded.

In the latter part of the 2nd section of these recordings is a dawn chorus in a swamp, some of the most strange natural sounds I have ever heard, some of which I later identified, most not.

Five years later (2013), I returned to the Island, in the monsoon season. Things were different. It was more developed, if only by a little.
I returned to the swamp. It was gone, replaced by a large newly built concrete reservoir.

These recordings are beautiful, calming; also a picture of that time and place. A soundscape portrait of the natural spaces and creatures which lived there then.

Listen to while reading, cooking, creating; transport yourself to these places and these places to your space by listening.

This set of recordings was originally created to be listened to as one piece; hence, there are the ends of previous sections at track beginnings.

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released August 15, 2014

Audio recorded and assembled by Jesse Paul Miller.
Cover artwork by Jesse Paul Miller.

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Jesse Paul Miller Seattle, Washington

Jesse Paul Miller is an American artist/musician. He has been involved in a variety of music projects, including Factums, Apa Kabar. Since 2005 he has traveled throughout many countries Asia, gathering field recordings of place and human expression, which have beeen self released on CDr,Vinyl LP (Sublime Frequencies) and now in digital format. ... more

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