We're at Tsitre, a sandy strip of beach in Lahemaa National Park. It's pitch black and dead calm night. You can hear only the lapping waves. The sky is cloud covered, though in time the clouds dissipate to reveal a clear night sky. A giant orange moon sets in the sea.
Listen at the volume of the original, natural environment.
Lenght 54 minutes and 9 seconds
Oleme Lahemaa Rahvuspargis Tsitre liivasel rannaribal.
On kottpime ja tuulevaikne öö. Kosta on vaid randa uhtuvaid laineid.
Taevas on tihedalt pilves, kuid aja möödudes pilved hajuvad ja nähtavale ilmub selge tähistaevas. Mere taha loojub suur oranž kuu.
Kuula looduslikul helitugevusel.
Kestus 54 minutit ja 9 sekundit
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A Closer Listen, February 21, 2016 :
To some, Rand/Beach may seem out of season, released in the heart of winter. But when the blinds are closed to the white, and a fire dispels the cold (currently 1F/-17C), the sounds of the shore are evocative, enticing and hopeful. Would one want to play the sounds of the beach after a day at the beach? Perhaps not, because one has had one’s fill. But after a day of shoveling and scraping? Listening is like seeing a flower in the snow.
A perfect companion piece to Kuku!, which provided the soundtrack to a summer park, Rand/Beach is one of the most pristine recordings of its type. Not a single human intrusion is perceptible. The waves push forward and fall back. They bubble and swirl. Sand grains retreat, then pile up again. Tide pools twirl as water wraps around rocks. No wind is apparent, nor are any waves violent. There’s just enough action to feel the movement, but not enough to surf. (We’ll leave that for another recording.) One can imagine sitting, or walking, or even lying in the soft waves, allowing them to create rivulets around the body. The irony is that the album was recorded at night under a cloud-filled Estonian sky. Rand/Beach is an incredibly peaceful recording, exuding a sense of calm that can soothe a troubled soul. (I’ve tried this on a friend, and it actually works!)
stickers!Once again, the album comes with a design-your-own-cover option, which is a lot of fun should one decide to use the stickers. This playful opportunity adds to the positive nature of the recording. The inner jacket of the CD contains a timely coloring option as well.
While we’ve reviewed Taavi Tulev primarily as a field recordist, the artist has also produced over a decade of work as an electronic artist. A retrospective, self-titled collection has just been released on vinyl, and can be previewed and purchased below as well. The sense of peace is still apparent, although the pulses, melodies and occasional beats add timbres of wakefulness. “The Dark Past of Cocoa” is the newest and most percussive piece, graced by handclaps and a dramatic tension that befits its title, while “Halting of State” is the most fully-orchestrated, falling into the field of modern composition. Together, these two releases demonstrate the artist’s versatility, and each offers welcome warmth for these long winter nights.