first off, folks, i have to point out that the ANNUAL RESONANCEFM FUNDRAISER is now in full swing, and will continue throughout this week. we know you love resonancefm, so now is the time to show it: visit http://fundraiser.resonance.fm to find out how you can support framework’s ancestral home (we started there 15 years ago this coming june!), or go directly to http://www.resonancefm.com/donate.
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meanwhile, this week’s edition of framework:afield has been produced in the uk by dallas simpson, featuring recordings made around charmey and gruyÃ¨re switzerland. notes from the producer:
The Alpine Cattle Descent at Charmey in Canton Freiburg, Switzerland is an annual festival parade celebrating the return of the cattle to the lowlands after spending the Summer up the mountains.
Sonically it is an exciting event. The cacophonous clanging of multitudes of cowbells as groups of cattle are paraded through the streets, sits against the prolonged drone of Alpenhorns and the flapping of the National flag hoisted aloft by the obligatory flag waver. Wandering around the festival streets gives a continual spatial mix of people, music and sounds. An a capella choir sings traditional folk songs while to one side we hear the rustic clang of the blacksmiths anvil as he gives live demonstrations of his craft.
But up in the mountains there is a serene silence punctuated by distant orchestras of cattle, diving aircraft and a little improvisation with found metal poles and a ski lift landing pad constructed of hollow drainpipes.
There are exciting spatial soundscapes to be heard here at both ends of the dynamic spectrum and ideal for binaural recording. Headphones essential!
[time / recording]
00:00 Charmey Cattle Descent: Arrival, passing cattle, ambiance.
04:51 Charmey Cattle Descent: Street ambiance between cattle passing
06:31 Charmey Cattle Descent: Announcement, more cattle passing
10:56 Charmey Cattle Descent: Street ambiance, announcements
11:45 Charmey Cattle Descent: More passing cattle passing
15:15 Charmey Cattle Descent: ambiance, conversation
16:08 Charmey Cattle Descent: Approaching alphorn performance #1 (part), blacksmith, ambiance.
19:06 Charmey Cattle Descent: Distant blacksmith, ambiance,
20:10 Charmey Cattle Descent: Alphorn performance #2 (complete), ambiance.
22:23 Charmey Cattle Descent: Ambiance,alphorn performance #3 (complete) from behind with Flag Waver (drops flag at one point), blacksmith.
26:56 Charmey Cattle Descent: Cattle passing
28:21 Charmey Cattle Descent: Blacksmith demonstration, bellows operation (very quiet), ambiance.
31:43 Charmey Cattle Descent: ambiance, approaching acapella male choir of four men.
33:18 Mountains Above Charmey: Cable car disembarking, cowbells, ambiance,, passing aircraft, distant conversation, walk on, improvisation on found metal axles, chant invocation.
42:22 Mountains Above Charmey: Walk-in, ambiance, improvisation on ski landing platform made of plastic pipes, random left ear clicks, ambiance, chant invocation, ambiance.
47:36: GruyÃ¨re: Peal of bells while moving within the walled town, water fountain, clock chimes, ambiance.
54:31: GruyÃ¨re: Alphorn performance #4 (part) from local restaurant, different style.
(nb: these timings do not include the framework introduction, so add 01:45 for exact locations.)