Vinyl Record "EAR 001: Rainforest"

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100 limited edition vinyl records of EAR 001: Rainforest were pressed for sale at the exhibition "Ecological Ambisonic Recordings 001: Rainforest", as well as at select records stores in Montreal.


James Benjamin
Danica Olders
Chipp Jansen


Side A – 5AM TO 5:25AM
Side B – 5PM TO 5:25PM

Listen to some excerpts here.

All proceeds to benefit further development of the Ecological Ambisonic Recording Initiative: Compiling and distributing ambisonic field recordings from diverse environments of threatened species around the world, for the purposes of scientific research, outreach and education.

About the Exhibition

The time accurate Ecological Ambisonic Sound Installation ‘EAR 001: Rainforest’ allows participants to step into an immersive experience of the Costa Rican rainforest. An algorithm interprets the ambisonic B format recording, recreating the sphere of sound in which the recording was initially made, and sending it to an array of speakers surrounding the visual installation. Lighting is simultaneously controlled to match the height of the sun at the time of day of the recording.

The visual composition of the installation structure makes textural references to the different experiences of the rainforest. Corrugated plastic roofing imitates most shelters, and a truck bench references the difficult and long journey to reach primary rainforest. It is easy to idealize the rainforest as a tropical paradise, but it is also dangerous and uncomfortable, filled with insects, dense brush, and poisonous plants and fruits.

These ambisonic sounds were recorded on the pacific slope of the Talamanca Mountains in Costa Rica, on the buffer zone of La Amistad International Peace Park and Biosphere Reserve. This area provides habitats for Costa Rican wildlife, and a crucial jaguar migration corridor. Jaguars, and other apex predators are imperative to the delicate balance of ecosystems threatened by overpopulation, clearcutting for farming, pollution, and poaching. Biodiversity loss is among the main challenges we have faced as humans. It is imperative to secure these habitats for wildlife so we can maintain, and hopefully improve our planet for all species, including ourselves. By listening to these sounds, we hope you will appreciate the incredible life that still occurs in these unique tropical mountains, and how important it is to protect it.

In partnership with: ProCAT, Arizona Centre for Nature Conservation, The Mikelberg Foundation, Breakglass Studios, Never Apart and Age of Union

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