Asia Radio Environments

by Jesse Paul Miller

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Out of a happenstance recording I made while in a guesthouse room in my first week in Bangkok (at the beginning of a 6 month journey through Southeast Asia in 2008), I found the inspiration to practice a kind of methodology for recording.

This included a hand held short wave radio and digital recorder I had brought with.

I would hold the radio and begin recording, scroll through channels, and move the radio closer and farther from the recorder, also picking up sounds from the spaces around.

These hand held portable shortwave radio were recorded during May-October in 2008 on location in Java/ Bali/ Lombok (Indonesia), Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and Japan.

Also, occasionally included, are a few others;
direct recordings of fascinating radio transmissions picked up through the radio, a television, and, a kind of hanging mobile instrument I made with bits of coral tied together using fishing line.

All effects (delay/phasing) are the product of radio frequency anomalies.

When recording in a living space I imagined using the radio as a kind of sound-maker or musical instrument to create sounds which integrated with those in the environment. I envisioned myself as a connector between the sounds unseen and broadcast and those which occured around.

And now, these are combined, performed live in place, assembled into a single composition, and delivered to your space.

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released August 21, 2014

Recordings made and assembled by Jesse Paul Miller, as well as cover image photograph.

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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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