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Night time in a village in Laos

Night time in a village in Laos
22nd November 2017 Cities and Memory

It’s the dead of night in the village of Vanv Vieng, Laos, but there’s still plenty happening in this field recording by Mark Wilden.

Crickets chirp, cockerels around the village are crowing, indicating that perhaps we’re coming up towards dawn, and every so often a vehicle rolls in and out of earshot, disrupting the peace.

Regular contributor Richard Watts has transformed this peaceful nighttime scene into something that lurches between the sinister and the calm.

The cricket sounds undulate as a rhythmic wave throughout the piece, while the vehicle sounds take on an unsettling edge like a distant attack helicopter.

Meanwhile, half-finished synth lines jut in and out over disconnected string sequences, creating the overall impression of constant change going on in this otherwise-placid soundscape.

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