Boomkat Product Review:
Audiobulb have commissioned a number of their favourite artists to compose pieces of music based on locations that mean something special to them. The resultant recordings and sound pieces come accompanied by photos and text about these places, giving some sense of context, but realy, the music tends to speak for itself. Taylor Deupree gets the album underway with a companion piece of sorts to his wonderful 1am release on 12k. this track is considerably shorter and was recorded a few hours later ('6am if the title is anything to go by) but the source material focuses on the noisy bustle of the forest just behind Deupree's house, with field recordings of insects providing the central focus of the piece, which features augmentation from loosely picked acoustic guitar chords and light drone tones. The other major electroacoustic artist to feature here is Biosphere, who fashions a piece of music based on recordings of sea birds and the surrounding environmental details of a lighthouse at Tranoy Fyr in Northern Norway. Woven into the field recordings are the kind of hazy, dismantled jazz loops that have populated other recent Biosphere compositions. A complaint that could reasonably be levelled at all the pieces collected here, is that the album might be yet more successful if it was just a sequence of pure, untreated, unadorned field recordings. Instead, you'll encounter a wealth of excellent electroacoustic works, with further highlights from Leafcutter John, Dot Tape Dot and Build among others.