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Hear Cape Cod, Vol. 1: Soundsignals

by Soundsignals

Sound Signals is a double-disc package that includes the best recordings of the Hear Cape Cod project (Disc One) and Electronic/Ambient remixes of these sounds (Disc Two) by electronic artists such as Taylor Deupree, Loscil, Marcus Fischer and Goldmund.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Wellfleet 1st Congregational Church: Ship's Bells
0:10 album only
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2. Chatham Marconi Maritime Ctr.: Morse Code
0:34 album only
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3. Chatham Marconi Maritime Ctr.: Telex Machine
1:12 album only
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4. Eastham: Clam Bar Kitchen
0:59 album only
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5. Yarmouthport, Gray's Beach: Ice Cream Truck
1:03 album only
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6. Martha's Vineyard: Flying Horses Carousel
0:57 album only
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7. Provincetown: Pilgrim Monument Stairwell
0:54 album only
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8. Brewster: Herring Run
0:57 album only
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9. Provincetown: Commercial St. Wedding
1:08 album only
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10. Wellfleet: Oyster Fest Chimes
0:45 album only
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11. Brewster: Garden Chimes 1
0:57 album only
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12. Provincetown: Garden Chimes 2
1:46 album only
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13. Yarmouthport, Gray's Beach: Oak Leaves Rustling
0:44 album only
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14. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary: Great Horned Owls
1:00 album only
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15. Truro, Corn Hill: Thunderstorm
1:50 album only
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16. Horseshoe Shoal: Data Monitoring Tower Site
0:54 album only
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17. Horseshoe Shoal: Data Monitoring Tower Site (Hydrophones)
0:58 album only
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18. Falmouth: Wind Turbine
0:56 album only
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19. Vineyard Sound: SSA Ferry "Martha's Vineyard"
0:56 album only
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20. Provincetown: Grocery Cold Case
0:53 album only
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21. Martha's Vineyard: SSA Ferry " Katama"
0:49 album only
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22. Hyannis: Ssa Nobska Whistle
0:36 album only
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23. Barnstable - Cape Rail
0:48 album only
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24. Chatham: First Night Noise Parade
1:10 album only
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25. Chatham: First Night Bonfire
1:00 album only
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26. Provincetown: Portuguese Fest Parade
0:53 album only
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27. Mashpee: Pow-Wow
0:59 album only
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28. Truro, Corn Hill: July 4th Fireworks
0:58 album only
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29. Woods Hole: Luseal, Harbor Seal
0:55 album only
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30. Truro, Head of the Meadow Beach: Surf 1
0:57 album only
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31. Wellfleet Marconi Site: Surf 2
0:58 album only
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32. Barnstable, Sandy Neck Beach: Surf 3
0:50 album only
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33. Woods Hole: Aquarium Water Tank
0:59 album only
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34. Bourne: Cicadas (2008)
1:25 album only
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35. Truro: Evening Crickets and Robust Conehead
0:49 album only
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36. Dennis: Scargo Tower
0:53 album only
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37. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary: American Goldfinch
0:52 album only
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38. Martha's Vineyard: Agricultural Center Wedding
1:30 album only
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39. Eastham: CCN's 50th Anniversary
1:53 album only
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40. Signals, No. 1
2:53 album only
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41. Signals, No. 2
8:25 album only
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42. Signals, No. 3
4:37 album only
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43. Signals, No. 4
7:12 album only
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44. Signals, No. 5
4:04 album only
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45. Signals, No. 6
5:23 album only
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46. Signals, No. 7
4:21 album only
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47. Signals, No. 8
5:02 album only
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48. Signals, No. 9
4:22 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hear Cape Cod is the audio time capsule project created by former Blue Man Group drummer, Steve Wilkes. He has spent nearly three years in the field, recording the many sounds of Cape Cod- from Great Horned Owls in winter, to steamship whistles in summer (www.hearcapecod.org). Sound Signals (Disc One) is 39 tracks of the most compelling of these recordings organized in three parts with a coda. Signals Remixed (Disc Two) is 9 tracks of electronic/ambient remixes by such noted artists as Goldmund, Loscil, Taylor Deupree, Fourcolor, Simon Scott, Marcus Fischer and others.

Review of Hear Cape Cod Volume One – SoundSignals – #HCC001
Two CD set
Recordings mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12k Mastering

Since the middle of 2011, Berklee College of Music professor, percussionist and Blue Man Group alum, Steve Wilkes has been working on a project to capture the sounds of Cape Cod over a year and to map those sounds as an aural history of the region (the far eastern end of Massachusetts in the northeastern United States). The project was funded in part by the Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship. The region has undergone many environmental and man-made changes, from rising sea levels and coastal erosion to residential development. It was Wilkes’ feeling that the region is measured and analyzed in many ways (like bird population counts, temperature and sea levels), but there was yet to be a base-line environmental sound analysis examining animal, environmental and cultural activity in the region.

At this point, the project consists of 3 CDs: 1, a collection of regional sounds; 2, the sounds remixed by a number of musicians who will be familiar to many, and 3, a song-cycle inspired by the region at various times throughout the year (which also incorporates many of the environmental sound recordings and the detailed credit links give an excellent overview of the variety on-location recordings). The album artwork evokes pleasant memories of worn edged blue-green beach-glass.

CD 1 is a sonic time capsule, and at first it reminded me of a number of sound effects and spoken word recordings of the 1940s and 50s, and for a brief moment, I thought I was hearing a snippet of the old records by Bert and I. It also had the immediate effect of taking me back in time to the days when I summered on “The Cape” as a child with my parents in the early 1960s. The documentation of the region also harkens back to some of the expansive sound archive work by Alan Lomax. This CD chronicles the sounds of land, water and activities that mark the course of a year from a First Night Noise Parade to the calming summertime beach surf. It closes with the reading of the poem Route Six by Stanley Kunitz (being the road that travels down the center of the “flexed arm” of Cape Cod, reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean).

Having lived in a beach-town region in nearby southern Connecticut, I am also reminded that a resort region like The Cape has two lives—the times when the summer-folk occupy and the off-season when only the locals remain. The off-season is the time when locals can take long walks on the shore beaches and see very few people. Life goes on in a different way after the tourists have left in the autumn.

CD 2 is a sensitively created set of interpretive remixes by many well known artists in the current electro-acoustic, ambient and electronic music communities (see list above). The field recordings from CD 1 are delightfully co-mingled with the offerings from each of the artists (well documented at the web link also noted above). I was immediately struck by the opening notes of the first track by Goldmund (Keith Kenniff), the piano melody being very reminiscent of Anthony Phillips’ Death of a Knight from Henry: Portrait from Tudor Times (from the album The Geese and The Ghost), before drifting into a dream-state with seaside, night-time crickets and Morse Code pulses.

Most of the remixes are by artists who have done work strongly connected with outdoor environs and water (as in the Flaming Pines label Rivers Home series), like Marcus Fischer, Taylor Deupree and Simon Scott (to name a few). The character of this disc ranges from contemplative to glitchy (FourColor) to playfully rhythmic (as in Loscil’s remix). The remix by Steve Wilkes includes the first HearCapeCod recording made in Truro at Corn Hill Beach in the summer of 2002. The CD closes with a collaboration of FourColor and SoundSignal (Wilkes) and is the most melodic and rhythmic of the tracks of the album. This CD forms a strong connection to the foundation provided by Wilkes’ research and recordings. As much as I’m tempted to suggest that this CD be made available separately, after spending time with the entire set, it is actually a quite inseparable part of the whole.

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