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Ambient Thailand - Nature

by Jesse Paul Miller



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.


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

Field recording / audio collage albums by Jesse Paul Miller capturing living soundscapes & street/ceremonial music in contemporary Southeast Asia and beyond.

Also, an archive of experimental and sound art albums created in the span of over 25 years.

These & other recordings have been previously released as a CD-r series, cassette, Vinyl LP (“A Distant Invitation” on Sublime Frequencies label).
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