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Sea Organ / Wonderful Sound

Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob, Sea Organ, Zadar, Croatia, Wonderful Sound

A forty minute recording of Zadar`s Sea Organ. A concept that perhaps you might expect from Trunk (Miles and Johnny are firm friends I know, Johnny often guesting on the appropriately titled “Wonderful Sound Libraries” radio show). Designed by Croatian architect Nikola Bašić during the redevelopment of the city coast, waves and wind interact with the organ, a system of polyethylene tubes and a resonating cavity, a structure related to San Francisco`s Wave Organ, Blackpool`s High Tide Organ, and The Pennines` “Singing Ringing Tree.

Four or five tones rise and fall in a breathing rhythm. They talk to and interfere with one another in a discordant chorus, a lyric of work and toil. Many artists attempt to copy the music of the tides but this IS the music of the tides. The volume and pitch of each sound in flux, blowing and whistling against the chatter and play of beach visitors, children and families. The sea`s squeeze box reciting a Goran Bregovic art house movie soundtrack. An aging Sparky The Magic Piano singing a weary lullaby. A wound down carnie imparting a transcendental mantra from Mother Nature. When all proclaim in full voice together they hit a New Age note. A Free-er Jazz, with tempo determined by moon, the spin of our globe, and gravity`s pull. Amidst the breakers the siren`s song does not remain the same.

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