Boomkat Product Review:
Room40 compilations are always cause for celebration, and Audible Geography is no exception to that rule. As with the superb Airport Symphony collection from a year or two back, Audible Geography is a concept-driven affair, featuring eleven of today's leading sound artists getting to grips with how to represent an environment - in terms of its natural constituents and its cultural components - in a sonic portrait. Inevitably, the field recording seems to be the chosen starting point for all the assembled composers, although there's more to all this than merely hitting the 'record' button at an interesting locale. Eric La Casa starts the compilation off with 'Dundee Law', which involves some fairly radical electronic treatments, pummelling your ears with a coarse electroacoustic wind. Stephen Vitiello offers a busy and multi-layered document of 'San Salvador', with various levels of background and foreground detail, taking in the busyness of the natural world, the noise from civilisation and dialogue sequences. While there are outstanding contributions from the likes of Marc Behrens and Francisco Lopez, Toshiya Tsunoda tends to steal the show whenever he's involved in a compilation of this ilk and true to form his 'Small Sand-stream On Beach' is pure sound recording magic. Tsunoda manages to capture the infinitesimal, giving a voice to the tiny processes that happen all around us, and revealing their otherwise hidden beauty. Highly recommended.