F.Guyana part II | Marc Namblard


F.Guyana part II | Marc Namblard
Gruen 175 (digital bonus)
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« F.Guyana part II » is a serie of unreleased field recordings which can be considered as a bonus variation of the album « F.Guyana ».
All sounds were recorded in the forests and coastal regions of French Guiana in November and December 2014, 2015 and 2016 (with Sennheiser MKH microphones and Nagra recorders).


This album is only available in digital version.


01. Awala’s Garden
Awala Yalimapo, somewhere between the beach at les Hattes and the large swamp of Panato. Soft watery murmur close to the mudflats, (gentle) wind in palm trees, cicadas. Birds chatting: Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus), Yellow-rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela), Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus sulphuratus), House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)…


02. Petit Saut, Under the dead trees
South of lake Petit Saut, early morning. Birds are waking up under tall dead trees, relics of a drowned forest: House Wren (Troglodytes aedon), Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus), Orange-winged Amazon (Amazona amazonica).


03. On the dirt road to St-Elie, Primary calls
South of Sinnamary. Daylight soundscape typical of the primary forest undergrowth, with the explosive song of Screaming piha (Lipaugus vociferans) and regular calls of a Smoky jungle frog (Leptodactylus pentadactylus), hidden under a pile of dead leaves.


04. Saül, Dark night
North of Saül. Night music, featuring an array of living creatures, including Pristimantis chiastonotus, a small frog (in the foreground), a Spectacled Owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata) and Guianan Red Howler Monkeys (Alouatta maconelli), high up in the canopy.


05. On the dirt road to St-Elie, Corayas
Nature trail on St-Elie’s dirt road, mid-morning. A Coraya Wren (Pheugopedius coraya) starts singing and (from 1’11’’) is joined by another to perform a duet.


06. On the dirt road to St-Elie, Hypsibias boans
Between grasslands and secondary forest, early at night. A choir of Giant Treefrogs (Hypsiboas boans) close to the woods. In the background, several Rough-skinned Green Treefrogs (Hypsiboas cinerascens) are calling as well as a few Rufous Frogs (Leptodactylus fuscus), in a nearby quarry.


07. On the dirt road to St-Elie, Hermit courtship
Near an open-air community hall on St-Elie’s dirt road. Courtship display by Long-tailed Hermits (Phaethornis superciliosus), a species of forest hummingbird, in a small creek. Their compulsive « tsiks » are near-inaudible. Cicadas. A Red-necked Woodpecker (Campephilus rubricollis) is also in the vicinity, recognisable by its short and powerful drumming consisting of two single hits.


08. On the dirt road to St-Elie, Dusk.
Same location, at dusk. The calls of a Loreto white-lipped Frog (Leptodactylus rhodomystax) smack the undergrowth. An Oophagous Slender-legged Treefrog (Osteocephalus oophagus) can be heard intermittently, identifiable by its song evoking mocking laughter. A little further away, two other species of Lepdodactylus (Leptodactylus cf. knudseni, Leptodactylus aff. mystaceus) and several Snouted Treefrogs (probably Scinax ruber) liven up a small temporary pool.


09. Inselberg Virginie
Savane-roche Virginie, at the beginning and at the end of the morning. In an area of transition between a rocky outcrop and the forest. A soundscape dominated by the spellbinding song of Green Oropendolas (Psarocolius viridis), high above, followed by the Golden-winged Parakeets (Brotogeris chrysoptera). Receptive ears will notice the small grinding calls of the Amazonian Poison Frogs (Ranitomeya ventrimaculata), hidden in nearby bromeliads, as well as the faint clinking sound betraying the immediate presence of a wasp nest (unidentified species).


10. Camp Caïman, midnight calls
On the road to Kaw, half-way through the night. A few Clown tree frogs (Dendropsophus leucophyllatus) and Giant monkey frogs (Phyllomedusa bicolor) are calling close to a creek, a few dozen minutes after a short but generous shower.


11. Salvation Islands
Ile Royale, mid-morning. Undulating cicadas. Bubbling sea.


11 Tracks (67′10″)
(digital bonus)





Sound recording, studio editing and mastering: Marc Namblard
Designed by U9.net
Written by Marc Namblard
Translated into English by Hélène Marchand
Photo credits: Anne-Cécile Monnier, Hadrien Lalagüe, Yann Chassatte, Antoine Baglan and Marc Namblard.
The sounds, texts and images presented here are the property of the authors.
All rights reserved.
A big warm thank you to Yannick Chassatte, Fernand Deroussen, Antoine Baglan, Thomas Tilly, Anne-Laure Allègre & Nicolas Quendez, Pierre Gutierrez & Ronan Monel (Nature de Guyane), Nils de Pracontal & Charlotte Briand, Kami Khazraie, Hadrien Lalagüe, Yannick Dauby, Anne-Cécile Monnier, Daniel Wambach, Sophie Krommenacker, Orlane Cornu, Joanne Lacour, Nicolas Franek.


Marc Namblard :


Field Recording Series by Gruenrekorder
Germany / 2017 / Gruen 175 (digital bonus) / LC 09488 / GEMA / EAN 4050486989432





Frans de Waard | VITAL WEEKLY
With the weather being all sunny, and located in a very quiet neighbourhood, I sleep with windows open and every morning birds awake me quite early. Being no ornithologist, I have no idea which one, but one of these birds makes a very high-pitched noise, which is, come early morning, quite irritating. How remarkable, I thought a few hours later, that I don’t mind hearing such sounds when they arrive on compact disc. Gruenrekorder is a German label with an extensive catalogue of works that deal with field recordings (you know this of course from the many reviews already appeared here) and here we have two new ones, dealing with places I have never been too. Which always made me wonder if that is a ‚problem‘ or not; can I fully relate to the work at hand, without ever visited the place? Of course it is a bit of a theoretical question, since the review has to be written anyway.
I started this little trip overseas (for me that is) and joined Marc Namblard on a journey through France Guyana. Namblard, who calls himself a ’sound artist and naturalist‘ is from the North of France and has a few releases to his name (see Vital Weekly 624, 737 and 914). Namblard is entirely focussed on recording the sounds of the rain forest and animal life within that. In the booklet that comes with this (and as usual, no expenses are spared with Gruenrekorder) Namblard gives us information about the location where did his recordings and what kinds of animals we are hearing. He certainly seems to know his stuff. What particularly struck me in the eleven pieces here was the fact that many of the sounds we hear are very minimal and repetitive and also quite musical. I am not sure how that Namblard does his editing, be it that each of these pieces is a strict recording of a particular event with nothing else than just cut ’n paste, or if there is layering of sounds, looping or such like. In a piece like ‚Crique Popote, Rhinella Marina‘, we hear the beginning of night with far away chirping of cicadas and close by the Cane toads (also known as Rhinella marina) and the way the piece unfolds sounds very much like a song; one sound coming in on it’s own and later on repeated, altered a bit, and becoming a kind of chorus. As the CD progresses the sounds get more and more minimal, but also they seem to be electronic; here I was thinking about that bird that woke me up this morning. In ‚Forest Drones‘ one could easily mistake the repeating sound to be that of lo-fi cassette loop, and in ‚Kaw Mountain, Post-explosive breeding‘ it sounds like a synthesizer. It is not easy to think of all of this in terms of ‚just‘ natural sounds, but so it is. This is an excellent release of pure field recordings sounding like some great music. [] Both of these new Gruenrekorder releases are excellent, but I preferred the one by Namblard to the one by Klement, mainly for it’s minimal approach that worked out quite musically.


Beach Sloth
Absolutely soothing in its reinterpretation of the real, Marc Namblard casts a gorgeous spell on “F. Guyana”. Nicely documenting a world that few others get to truly engross themselves in, the way the piece unfolds is quite masterful adhering to Luc Ferrari’s love for his surroundings. Elements filter in and out of the mix, as every song represents yet another step in the journey. Naturalistic in tone, there is something so warm and inviting about the way Marc Namblard lets the sounds speak for themselves with minimal interference.


Sleepy in sentiment is the opener “Awala” with gentle waves giving the sound a distinctly summery flair. One of the most fascinating track is “Crique Popote, Cacicus cela” where the unique sound of the bird at times recalls the digital synthesis of Florian Hecker’s work in terms of its almost angular digital sound. A meditative spacious drone is dominant on the blissful atmosphere of “Boeuf Mort, Dark night”. Much more ominous in execution is the eerie sheen of “Forest Drones” whose tension is without relief. Surreal and yet another highlight comes from the primal disorientating sound of “Kaw Mountain, post-explosive breeding”. As a nice touch Marc Namblard include a digital bonus, which includes the playful “P.St-Elie_Hypsiboas boans”. With “C.Caiman_Midnight calls” Marc Namblard highlights how space is explored by birds with their echoing calls. Ending things with a thoughtful attitude is the luxurious “Salvation’s islands”.


Quite engrossing in the unusual locale and the unusual sounds of the lovely creatures who reside there, Marc Namblard delivers a gorgeous view of the world on “F. Guyana”.