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bj nilsen & stilluppsteypa - Man From Deep River
Man From Deep River presents an artfully malevolent auditory portrait of the deepest and darkest recesses of the jungle and is yet another deeply immersive transmission from two artists at the top of their game. Scandinavian avant-gardists BJ Nilsen and Stiluppsteypa took a found tape recording from 1975 as their starting point for this auditory journey, drawing on the human and environmental sounds of the rainforest whilst adding their own deathly ambience to proceedings. The first part - littered with voices, snatches of bird calls and dark synthetic soundscapes - instantly gives you a sense of location, immersing you in torrid, unprocessed field recordings (there's even a document of a gamelan performance at the beginning) and gently rising dank drones. There's a well-crafted sense of development to all three of these lengthy compositions, and the sound artists involved manage to go beyond the dark ambient norm, avoiding the usual foggy abstractions in favour of clearly defined places and situations. The third part proves especially rich in this sense, recalling the rainforest electroacoustics of Francisco Lopez's finest works. The integration of the natural and the unnatural makes for a disorientating and deeply compelling mix, like an auditory equivalent of licking the back of some brightly coloured tree frog and then having a wander around the set of Cannibal Holocaust. Deep, dark, harrwoing stuff and another essential purchase on the Mego label.