Boomkat Product Review:
With releases such as the sublime Air.Ratio for Sirr, expert sound recordist Eric La Casa has made some of the most interesting musique concrète of our era, and here's another example of what makes him such a compelling artist. This new Room40 album compiles the pieces 'Zone Sensible' and 'Dundee', the former basing itself on recordings made of bees and their comings and goings within the hive, the latter portraying a slightly bigger social environment - that of Dundee, where La Casa took up residency for ten days at the DCA museum. After an intense twenty-six minutes of chaotic, often mildly terrifying swirl of noise and activity, an accompanying piece proves subtler and, at least for a moment an oasis of calm. Proving that the lot of a field recordist seldom runs smoothly, not two minutes into the hushed acousmatic rumbling of 'Zone Sensible (2)', you'll hear a very gruff, disgruntled voice demanding: "What are you doing in the carpark?" La Casa, presumably having been interrupted by a security guard, responds: "Er, just recording space...", which raises a guffaw from his surly inquisitor. The two 'Dundee' pieces are quite wonderful, rendering various sonic environments from around the titular city in panoramic detail, taking the form of a montaged set of field recordings, edited into what the Room40 blurb astutely refers to as a "sound map". Excellent stuff.