Running Time:

75 min

Release Date:

May 2012

Recording Location:

Near the Tarangire River, central Tanzania
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An African Night

It is deep night in the East African bush. A full moon illuminates the savannah, silhouetting ancient baobab tress.

The air is filled with a rich chorus of nocturnal insects. This choir of small critters create a gentle, pulsating chorus, each insect with its own voice; chiming, ticking, zizzing, humming…

Meanwhile bats flutter overhead, sometimes coming close and audibly echo-locating. Nightjars call mysteriously on the wing, insomniac doves coo softly, and if you listen carefully, the deep rumbling vocalisations from a family of elephants grazing nearby can occasionally be heard.

This is an ambient and spacious recording, a hypnotic meditation from the African night.

Andrew comments:

"One of our colleagues said we'd love the insect choruses in Africa. He was right - they were rich and mesmerising. Some nights we'd just lie in camp and listen until we drifted off to sleep.

During our 2 months field trip we would often leave our microphones out all night. This is one of the most rich and engaging insect choirs we recorded."

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