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Artist: WATSON, CHRIS
Title: Cima Verde
Format: CD
Label: Fondazione Edmund Mach
Country: Italy
Price: $17.00
"The UKs Chris Watson is the worlds leading wildlife sound recordist. He was a founding member of Cabaret Voltaire and The Hafler Trio, and a sound archivist for the UKs Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. He has since joined a film and video production company, working on BBC wildlife documentaries and occasional feature films. Following a period of residence at Monte Bondone in the Italian Alps and Paneveggio Park forest preserve, Chris Watson was invited to explore the acoustic phenomena of Trentino, Italy to capture the atmospheres and sounds of the alpine environment. A series of sound recordings made in situ, resulting in the CD Cima Verde, present the soundscapes uncovered by Watson, which capture the change in seasons from winter to spring, the different degrees of altitude, the reawakening of sounds on the cusp between night and day and the alternating and mixing of audio signals that characterize different natural habitats. Dosso DAbramo, Cornetto and Cima Verde are the three peaks of Monte Bondone. There is air in motion; ice crystals, water vapor and changing pressure mix and merge into an annual dance across a deep blue sky. This is sound into light. Down alpine slopes, across high pastures and into the forests, a frozen mountain of sound thaws out from a mono bloc and into an ordered seven-stage descent through 3000m of unique acoustic habitats. Jumbled chords are snatched from passing ravens, blackgrouse performances, tawny owl signals, and the clear silver song of the nightingale. Shapes and music, rhythm and sound, a series of ritual performances for animal ears."- Fondazione Edmund Mach
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Artist: WATSON, CHRIS
Title: El Tren Fantasma
Format: CD
Label: Touch
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
"Take the ghost train from Los Mochis to Veracruz and travel cross country, coast to coast, Pacific to Atlantic. Ride the rhythm of the rails on board the Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México (FNM) and the music of a journey that has now passed into history." -Chris Watson

Artist: WATSON, CHRIS
Title: El Tren Fantasma-The Signal Man
Format: 12"
Label: Touch
Country: UK
Price: $12.00
"Chris Watson presents two special mixes for vinyl from his El Tren Fantasma (TO 042CD) release. A radio program was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, produced by Sarah Blunt, and described as "a thrilling acoustic journey across the heart of Mexico from Pacific to Atlantic coast using archive recordings to recreate a rail passenger service which no longer exists." Its now more than a decade since FNM operated its last continuous passenger service across country. Chris Watson spent a month on board the train with some of the last passengers to travel this route. As sound recordist, he was part of the film crew working on a program in the BBC TV series Great Railways Journeys. Now, the journey of the "ghost train" is recreated, evoking memories of a recent past, capturing the atmosphere, rhythms and sounds of human life, wildlife and the journey itself along the tracks of one of Mexicos greatest engineering projects." -Touch.

Artist: WATSON, CHRIS
Title: Oceanus Pacificus
Format: 7"
Label: Touch
Country: UK
Price: $7.00
"Chris Watson is the worlds leading wildlife sound recordist. Oceanus Pacificus captures the voices and rhythms of the Humboldt current around the Galapagos Islands recorded in April 2006 using a pair of Dolphin Ear Pro Hydrophones onto a NAGRA ARES-PII digital audio recorder. After co-founding Cabaret Voltaire and playing in The Hafler Trio, he left all of it to become the sound archivist for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. He is now a full-time freelance sound recordist." -Touch

Artist: WATSON, CHRIS
Title: Outside the Circle of Fire
Format: CD
Label: Touch
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
"Chris Watsons second CD is a dramatic contrast to the spacious atmospheres of Stepping into the Dark (Touch 27, 1996). Featuring 22 close-up recordings of animals, birds and insect life, Outside the Circle of Fire enlarges our awareness of the sound universe, intimate with voices from the past. There is an intensity here that television pictures cannot conjure. These are the sounds of secret languages, particular events that have been recorded as close up as possible to try and reveal something of their individual beauty, rhythm, eloquence and sheer power. Several of the sounds would be inaudible or radically degraded more than a few meters from the animal. Yet others collectively use the acoustics of their habitat to modulate the message. They exist, however, whether we hear them or not -- close up details of signals that are beyond our reach outside the circle of fire." - Touch

Artist: WATSON, CHRIS
Title: Stepping Into The Dark
Format: CD
Label: Touch
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
1996 release, repressed! "Watsons lead instrument is the tape recorder. After working with Cabaret Voltaire and The Hafler Trio, he became sound recordist for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. He has since joined a film and video production company, working for BBC wildlife documentaries and occasional feature films. The 12 recordings on Stepping into the Dark contrast a windswept forest in Glen Cannich with the gathering conversations of rooks roosting in a churchyard in Northumberland. Other atmospheres include the heat and wall of sound found on the River Mara in Kenya, fishing bats on a mangrove pool in Venezuela, the ritual dance of snipe at dusk in the Northern Hebrides... a hydrophone at 5m. depth in the Moray Firth captures the signature whistles and clicks of bottlenose dolphins." - Touch

Artist: WATSON, CHRIS
Title: Weather Report
Format: CD
Label: Touch
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
"The weather has created and shaped all our habitats. Clearly it also has a profound and dynamic effect upon our lives and that of other animals. The three locations featured here all have moods and characters which are made tangible by the elements, and these periodic events are represented within by a form of time compression. This is Chriss first foray into composition using his location recordings of wildlife and habitats -- previously he has been concerned with describing and revealing the special atmosphere of a place by site specific, untreated location recordings. For the first time here he constructs collages of sounds, which evolve from a series of recordings made at the specific locations over varying periods of time."- Touch

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