Amazonia 6891

Pit Piccinelli / Fred Gales / Walter Maioli, 1986

While I don't have much (though, still some) use for unadulterated field recordings, I've found if those same sounds are manipulated or mixed with instrumental elements the end result is an irresistible siren call. I've trained myself to impose mandatory waiting periods on purchasing records like this (a precaution I both respect and resent).

Records like Amazonia 6891 occupy a space between environmental, documentarian recording and music that simply samples natural sounds. It has to do, with letting the events retain some of their original essence, spilling out of artificial rhythmic grids and occupying ambiguous keys. There's a point where the music is no longer using the field recordings so much as collaborating with them as an equal partner—or even subordinate.

Created as a collaborative project between three distinct disciplines, Amazonia 6891 moves in contrary directions. Fred Gales' raw recordings of the Brazilian Amazon are edited, collaged and manipulated. They're augmented with studio recordings the of 'natural objects' from Pit Piccinelli's collection. Lastly, discreet musical accompaniment is interwoven by Walter Maioli. Electronic sweeps sit as alien companions to already-exotic bird calls and insect drones. Nothing about these recordings is New Age or palliative. You are immersed but destabilized, leaving little corner for the easy understanding relaxation demands.